Indiana bikers come together to honor dying man's last wish

A group of motorcycle riders in Indiana came together to fulfill a terminally ill cancer patient’s last wish: to hear a Harley one last time.

Stanley is a veteran and was an avid biker until he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in February. This past week, Stanley’s health took a turn for the worse.

Stanley’s brother-in-law Michael Smith informed David Thompson, who took the liberty of organizing a group to help Jon Stanley hear the roar of a motorcycle before he passed away. A few hours Thompson posted details of the event on Facebook, more than 100 bikers gathered together to ride past Stanley’s house and grant his last wish.


Stanley was brought down from the house and got to sit in a sidecar while the engines revved. Stanley’s wife, Brenda, told WBND, “that’s the last thing he heard, the revving, the bikes. I know he’s happy.”

Stanley passed away peacefully later that night.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 24th. A bike and hurse will pull Stanley to his final resting place. A Go Fund Me has been created to help raise money to cover the costs of the funeral. Stanley wants to be buried next to his mother and father in South Bend. 

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