What Really Matters… A Friend In Need

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


  • Katie
    August 24, 2012

    They should look into grants! When my mom was hospitalized they called Marcy Kaptur (I don’t know why) and her secretary gave them a bunch of information on grants to pay for the hospital bills.

  • derek
    August 24, 2012

    Already looked into that and filled out all the necessary papers w no luck.thanks for the great idea though!

  • Cassie Ackerson
    August 27, 2012

    I donated. I’ve known Derek for over 10 years. Such a sweet guy and a brother figure to me. Hillary seems like the sweetest girl and I pray for her! I have skin cancer, so i can somewhat understand what she is going through.
    I wish you two the est. I love you both very much and will be praying!


  • Robert Bauman
    September 4, 2012

    I’m so sorry i know just how u feel and i will do what i can to help. my family and i r praying for your family.

  • September 8, 2012

    I commented on a post that Rachel Rivas posted in a group on facebook. I am a consultant for Jamberry nails..And even though they do fundraising, they will only donate to an organization or charity. But I am willing to donate 10% of my sales for September. We do have a Breast Cancer shield and for every shield bought $2 of it goes to the Breast cancer society. What I would do is set up an event on facebook and you can invite family and friends to buy. I would be getting my Sept commission on the 10th of Oct. I would then have to transfer that to my bank in order to give you a check at the benefit dinner. My grandmother had breast cancer and beat it a few times but it came back and she recently died in 09. And a women who was like a mother to me also died from it in 04..So this is a very close to home thing.. I would very much love to help you guys out.. Please let me know if you are interested in it. We can add each other on facebook and start up the event today.

  • September 24, 2012

    [...] On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the Toledo Tuners will be holding their FIRST annual benefit car show supporting the Hillery England Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Fundraiser. The whole day will be filled with events geared at raising money to help support Hillery England, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. You can read about Hillery’s story here. [...]

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