What Really Matters… A Friend In Need
hen you first look at Derek, you probably don’t realize that he’s probably one of the nicest people that you would ever meet. For those of you who don’t know Derek Julian, you’re missing out on one of the most down-to-earth, legitimately genuine and nicest people that God decided to put on this Earth. Derek, who goes by the forum name NoTraction, has gone out of his way to help many members of the ToledoTuners community. From getting up in the middle of the night to ride a motorcycle home after its owner was pulled over without a motorcycle endorsement, to sticking up for his friends in the middle of any confrontation, or tossing a forum member the keys to his truck and trailer to pick up a car project that was being neglected at a local business, Derek has always lent a helping hand with no questions asked. What makes him even better is that Derek has NEVER asked for anything in return. He really epitomizes the quality of selflessness.
Derek and his girlfriend Hillery England have fallen on some truly hard times. For one reason or another, life has deemed it necessary to dump crap on someone’s plate who definitely doesn’t deserve it. Hillery is a 33 year old mother of two children; a son, Todd (13) and a daughter, Kara (2). The year in which Hillery turned 25, she lost both of her parents and her son’s father. When Derek and Hillery started dating more than three years ago, it was apparent from the start that they were perfect together. And that’s when life threw another roadblock at the couple: Hillery was diagnosed with breast cancer. With Derek by her side, they fought the disease together. In the middle of this battle, they found out that Hillery had gotten pregnant. Unbelievably, and God-willing, baby Karra made it all the way through chemotherapy and the rest of the cancer treatments and was born a healthy baby girl. With a family now, Derek left his rather good paying job at MTS Seating to go to work with the Local 50 of The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry. While the new job was a pay cut, it would allow him to spend more time with his daughter and his girlfriend who was still in the middle of her fight with cancer. The new job also allowed Derek to put less strain on his body compared to his old job. In the end, he was doing it solely for his family.
Hillery ended up beating cancer and it went into remission. Now it’s back, only in a different form. It’s stage 2 non hodgkins lymphoma now. The doctors are optimistic, and everyone else just hopes it won’t spread. Even after her insurance dropped her coverage, Derek is working harder than ever to cover the cost of the new treatments… costing literally thousands of a dollars a month. Derek is in dire need of help. And we can help him. We’ve seen this community band together in tough times to help a fellow member out, and if there was one member on the board who would deserve our help, it’s Derek. We are taking up a collection for Derek and Hillery so that we can help them continue to fight the disease. We know that we can’t get rid of all of their pain and suffering, but we do know that we can help out financially. Please consider donating anything you can spare, even if its a $100 or 50¢. EVERY little bit helps.
We will be helping organizing more opportunities to help Derek and Hillery out, and as we finalize more plans for community events, we will post them here.
After the day is done, and all the trash is talked, I know that we can band together as a community and help one of our finest members. Thanks for reading, and please consider giving. It will mean more than you will ever know.
-The Staff at ToledoTuners.com