Cookies for a cause fundraiser!!!!

We need help getting the word out for Cookies for a cause fundraiser for Sjon. Cookies can be picked up in Santaquin and will be delivered to the SLC area once a week. For more information call Shannon 801-854-3005

Friday, October 29, 2010

Join Us November 6th!!!!!

Please join us for a fundraising auction and talent show!

This is going to be a fun filled afternoon with fantastic auction items up for bid.

To name a few... Handquilted quilts, salon services and products, gift baskets, homemade goodies, handyman services, carpet and so much more!

We chose the title "Begin The Healing" because this is the point when Sjon will be done with his treatments and can begin rebuilding. We are going to celebrate this new part of his journey.

There will be music by Colton and some of his band members a talent show, speakers and refreshments. Donation at the door is $5.00 and items will be on display for silent bid as well as a live auction.
This is going to be a wonderful day of thanks and love and we hope you will join us on this day!

*If you have items you would like to donate for the auction please email

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Interferon treatments started

Update from Sjon...

Wow just finished my first day of interferon injection and wow am I sick and I get to do this for a month.  I'd like to say bring it on but for today I'm saying just get me through this day and then I'll take on tomorrow!! The good news is it's assisting me to where I choose to go and that is a healthy life with all my great friends and family and my awesome wife who is by my side 100% I love you all with all my heart.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

5k Pictures and latest GOOD NEWS update

First of all we want to THANK EVERYONE that helped make the 5k such a success!  It was a wonderful day so full of love and support.  The only count we have is that we served around 200 lunches.  That is amazing!  The total amount raised was $4664.50 THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
If we started with naming names this would go on forever.  You know who you are and you know that we love you and appreciate every single thing you have done to help with the fundraisers for Army For Sjon because of all of YOU so many lives are blessed.
There were alot of pictures taken that day and we only have some of them.  If you have pictures you would like to share on here please email them to us at and we will post them.

Sjon's last Dr. appointment went very well.  The surgeon said that at this time Sjon is N.E.D. what that means is there is No Evidence of Disease.  He feels that with all of the surgeries they have gotten everything at this time.  He told Sjon that he feels like chemo and radiation may not be needed at this time and they could just monitor him but it comes down to what the Oncologist has to say on Oct. 1st.  This is very good news!  It does not means he is cancer free but it means he is doing incredibly well and really this is nothing short of a miracle!  We will keep you posted and thank you all for your positive energy and prayers they are working!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Great news update! No more cancer in the brain. We got the results today, now just onward and upward! Thank you to all of my great friends and fam. for all your love and support. With angels like you in my corner there is no miracle to great. I love being in partnership with you all on this great mother earth!!!! XOXOXO
Update from Sjon

Yeah - finally got a little good news today Sjon's MRI of his brain showed no new growths :):) Just taking it one day at a time. I love you Sjon!
Update from Angie

** 5k update coming soon!  So many pictures we don't know where to start!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

5k Directions and Schedule

We are getting excited and it looks like there is going to be a great turnout this coming saturday!!!!

Directions to the Dr. Roi O. Hardy park in Riverton for 5k
12400 S  1000 W Riverton

Go to 1300 West then to 12400 South turn east go to 1000 West.
You will end up in the parking lot of the park.  If you end up in the Rotary Park just walk across the bridge just west of that park.  They are almost connected.  

Online registration is open until Sept. 16th online registration HERE

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Registration at the park starts

10:00 a.m. 5k starts

Kids 1 mile starts shortly after

11:00 to 1:00 Lunch will be served and is included with registration

Raffles will be going on and Gamin' Ride trailer will be open just after the race for the day.

If anyone has questions let us know. We cannot wait to see you saturday!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Join us September 18th on Sjon's Birthday!

Please join us on September 18th for Sjon's birthday!  We decided this is a perfect day for a benefit 5k walk, run, crawl or cheer as well as a kid's 1 mile walk/run.

This event is open to anyone and the cost is:

  • 5k run, walk, crawl or cheer is $25 and includes an I am That I am! bracelet, lunch and drawing ticket for gym membership to Snap Fitness.
  • Kids 1 mile is $10 and also includes a bracelet, lunch and a drawing ticket for the Gamin' Ride party.
  • Registration is open online for credit cards now to September 16th and will be open at 8:30 a.m. at the park on Sept. 18th we will not be able to accept credit cards at the park sorry.
  • To purchase lunch without the 5k or kids registration is $6 per person.
  • We will have raffle tickets available to tow beautiful quilts to be given away in December.
  • There will be two giveaways the day of the 5k thanks to the wonderful people at Snap Fitness and Gamin' Ride.  A Gym Membership and a Gamin' Ride Party will be given away! 
  • You may also purchase additional tickets for the giveaways.
Check out the giveaways here- and

Other fun things are-

Colton's band will be playing!
A silent auction with awesome items!
The Riverton high school cheerleaders will be there cheering us on!
A video game trailer will be there for 30 minutes of gaming fun for $5!

If nothing else come to visit and wish Sjon a Happy Birthday!

We hope you will bring the family and join us for a day of fun, love and support for a wonderful man!

Many of you are planning on signing up the day of and that is perfect but will you please let us know (on here or email) how many to expect so we can be prepared for you. We want to feed you and make sure we have enough bracelets.


Email questions


This is an event to raise money for the Sjon Lavery Donation Trust. Sjon was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in June of 2010. All funds raised will go directly to the Sjon Lavery Donation Trust.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Message from Sjon

I just want to take a moment to thank all of my great friends and family for showing up in the biggest way to support my healing! I'm doing amazing and the yard sale last weekend was a complete success!! I love you all soooo much, you truly are angels in my life and with this support there is nothing we can't acomplish in this life so bring it on!!!!! ;-)


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lump in Jaw removal update

On tuesday Sjon had a lymph node in his jaw removed.  The good news is that the doctor removed 20 lymph glands and the only one that was positive for cancer was the one that they went in for in the first place. Very good news!  He has a drain tube in his jaw, has a pretty sore throat and it hurts to talk but he is doing well. 
Right now he is focusing on resting and healing over the next two weeks so they can do an MRI and talk about the rest of his treatments.  His body has been through alot the last 7 weeks, 6 surgeries, wow.  The rest is much needed and if you see him out running around send him home immediately!  Just kidding, what type of Sjon update would this be without a little ha ha in it 'wink'.
Sjon and Angie want to thank everyone for their love and support.  They feel truly blessed to have all of you in their lives. 
Have a safe Labor Day weekend and give out an extra hug or two!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Angels+LOVE+Yard Sale=WOW


Saturday's yard sale was amazing! We are overwhelmed at the love and support that has been shown to Sjon and his family as well as the extended family. It is just AMAZING! So many of you donated items to make the yard sale bake sale a huge success. When we say success we mean it on every level possible. Your kindness brought family and friends together. It helped people who have cancer share their stories when they stopped by. It made so many people smile and many hugs were given. THANK YOU!
If we start naming names we would certainly forget someone so please all of you that...
Donated items
Baked with love
Showed up to buy items
Were unable to come and wished us the best
Gave us a place to hold the yard sale
Helped load and unload
Helped organize
Smiled and hugged
Had a good day with us
Drove to drop off items
Drove to pick up items
Offered tents and tables
Let us put our flyer's at your place
Shared this event with others
Please know we LOVE and APPRECIATE you more than you know!
When we organized Army For Sjon we knew you would come to help but we could have never imagined the magnitude of love that you have brought with you, THANK YOU!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spleen removed and update

Healing after Spleen removal

Yesterday Sjon had surgery to have his spleen removed.  We just talked to him and he is doing really well.  He said he is in a little pain and is tired but is doing great. 
Since he is a Lavery and he said he is magic, he has to gone above and beyond.  He actually grew an extra spleen!  Apparently when they went in to do the surgery the doctor said he had two.  So they removed the sick one and left the new little one in place.  This is something that is odd but happens so no worries when you are magic.
They took a look at his stomach and everything else looked good.
Yesterday he also had a biopsy on a lump that is on his jaw and the results came back positive so next week they will do 1 more surgery to remove it and then the surgeries should be done. 
Right now he has to stay off of his foot for about 2 more weeks, recover from this surgery and then he will be seeing the Dr. to get the go ahead to start treatments of Interferon
We were talking about how it seems like this has been going on forever but the truth is his first surgery was just 6 weeks ago.  Pretty amazing if you think about all they have done in just 6 weeks.  The doctors are hitting this very hard and Sjon's body is doing amazing though everything. 
As always thank you for your love and support!

Time to gather things up for Saturday!

Hey everyone! This saturday is the yard sale fundraiser for Sjon. We have so much stuff donated for the yard sale IT IS AWESOME!

For anyone who is planning on baking things would you let us know. There have been so many people offer and we want to make sure we get everything gathered up.

You can leave a note in the comments here or call:

Shannon 801-754-3481

Depending on where you live you can drop things off at:

Lawrence and Shannon's (friday)
Ryan and Celeste's (friday)

You may also bring things by the yard sale in the morning.
We will start setting up at 6:30 a.m. on saturday morning so the sale can start at 8:00 a.m.

Also many of you have offered to come and help set up etc. if you would like to do that please give us a call we would love to have you be a part of this.

Were looking for a pop up tent thing and tables. If you are willing to let us use them for the day.

Thank you so much again for all of the support and help. In something like cancer all of the kindness, love and support are bringing smiles.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I am that I am Bracelets

The bracelets are here!

We asked Sjon if he were to have his very own bracelet what color would it be and what message would he want to share. 

He replied Blue is my favorite color and my message to share would be...

I Am That I Am...

I am all that is, and we are all part of everything that is. When we get in touch with "that" I know we are all one. When I look at the sky, sun, moon, mountains, trees, my neighbor and my children I truly feel that... I. Am. That. I. Am. In the most accountable way.
So we thought hmm... we should use this idea to share Sjon's message and help raise a little money. 
The bracelets are now available for a $2.00 each donation.

You can purchase them through the paypal button on the side or mail a check and tell us how many you would like to:

Shannon Lavery
c/o Army For Sjon
2969 North Lake Road
Genola, Utah 84655

If you have any questions please call: 801-754-3481 or email

Please make sure to include your name and address so we can mail the bracelets out to you.
These will also be available to purchase at the yards sale on August 28th and at the 5k on September 18th.

Thank you all again so much for the love and support you have shown. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yard Sale Pick-Up

Just a quick note to let you all know we have started collecting items for the yard sale. If you have things that you would like us to pick up please call:

Shannon 801-754-3481 or 801-854-3005

Celeste 435-640-3719

Jim 801-652-3608

Sandy 435-623-3372

We will be gathering baked goods on the 27th but would like to have the yard sale items collected before the 27th to get them sorted and marked.

A quick 5k update. The Riverton High School cheerleaders will be coming to cheer the walkers, crawlers and runners on! We want to thank Stephanie Hansen for offering to do this. It will be a fun day.

We also now have a video game trailer that will be there. So much fun!

(we are in the process of getting the online 5k registration fixed)

The love and kindness of everyone has been overwhelming and it is beautiful to watch. Thank you all for coming together to help!

Yard Sale Location
August 28, 2010
1551 North State Street
Lehi Utah
5k run, walk, crawl or cheer. 
Lunch, silent auction
and game trailer location.
September 18, 2010
Dr. O, Roi Hardy Park
12400 S. 1000 W.
Riverton Utah

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Message From Sjon Heaven On Earth

Hey you beautiful angels!

I just felt inspired to share something I've been getting in touch with these last few days. I have had the most amazing journey through the years and now I've upped the annie a few notches and with the assistance of friends and family I am exited to get the ball rolling.
Anyways back to what I'm getting in touch with is a comment that I have made the last 7-8 years and that is
Now I truly get the meaning of that comment because as I am going through this I am witnessing so many people showing up in such a big way and tapping into their spirit being, rather than just human being.  Not just for me but for each other and connecting people to other people. It's such a beautiful thing to witness. Now I'm getting the awesome experience to see what it's like to have heaven on earth, it is spirit to spirit heart to heart, touching the lives of those close to us and others around the world.
We all deserve to experience heaven on earth and what that's like.  For those who have been assisting me in this journey I feel if you stop take a breath in, and take a moment to experience your heaven on earth you will feel what I've felt if you haven't already.
So if this is what one man and his family can do imagine what many family's can do to create our heaven on earth because life was never meant to be hard or difficult.  It is meant to be joyous and abundant for all, so if we choose to do life from the space of our spirit beings rather than human beings imagine what this world would be like!!!
Thank you thank you thank you from my heart to yours,
 Sjon Lavery Espavo!!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Skin graft from leg to foot OUCH!

Today was a check up to see how the skin graft is doing and things are lookin good!

Surgery Update from Sjon

August 14. 2010

My update surgeries complete on my foot and hip also gama knife radiation on the brain, skin graph done on foot. Next week we find out if the spleen is ready to come out. Then I get to start the good stuff. Interferon, Radiation and Chemo but I am doing freaking amazing I feal great I look great and I have an amazing fam and friends!!


Just an update from Angie

August 11, 2010

Sjon had his surgery yesterday for his skin graft on the bottom of his foot. It went good. Friday he has a CT scan for his spleen to see when that can be taken out. We also have moved in between all of this. Thank you again to everyone for all the love, prayers, and support. We love you all.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yard Sale Update

We wanted to let everyone know of the following info. about the yard sale bake sale.

The yard sale bake sale is on August 28th

1551 North State Street

Lehi Utah

Items can be picked up from you or dropped off please call to make arrangements:

Utah County, Juab County, St. George area-
Shannon 801-854-3005 or 801-754-3481

South Utah County and Juab County-
Sandra 435-623-3372

Celeste 435-640-3719

West Jordan-
Jim 801-652-3608

Also the button for the 5k on Sept. 18, 2010 is up on the side so check it out and sign up!

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you so much for helping with all of this!

The name Army For Sjon

We wanted to share why we chose the name Army For Sjon.  When this all first started Sjon shared his thoughts on having cancer and he said the following:

"I picture myself walking along just fine on my journey in life. Everything is perfect and normal, then all of a sudden blocking my path is this huge demon. I am looking at the demon thinking wow I am going to have to fight this and knowing that there will be times that I have to let go. Then I look to my left and right and I see an army of family and friends helping me fight this demon. I know that the times I am to weak to fight myself that I have all of these people who will step in for me and carry me through."
He was right we are all here for him to carry him through when needed and help him fight this demon.  Thank you for being a part of his army.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Save the dates

Sjon was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in June 2010. Many people who love Sjon and his family are coming together to help start fundraisers to help at this time. This blog is going to be a place to get information about events and updates.

We will be getting more specific information up soon but for now please take note and save the following dates:

August 28th Yard Sale-Bake Sale in Lehi
September 4th Carwash (location to be determined)
September 18th 5k, silent auction, lunch, Colton's band will be playing :)
Location for 5k
Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park
12400 S 1000 W
Riverton Utah
October 16th Dinner and concert
November and December we have several things in the works and will let you know as soon as we get things confirmed.

On August 28th we are planning a yard sale/bake sale and are in need of items to sell. If you have items you are willing to donate for the yard sale or for the bake sale please let us know. We would be happy to pick them up from you.

To donate items you can email or call:

Shannon 801-854-3005 801-754-3481

Celeste 435-640-3719

Please save the date September 18th and join us for a 5k run, walk, crawl or cheer and more. This just so happens to be Sjon's birthday and should be a beautiful way to show our love to such a wonderful man and his family.

*Please share this with anyone that you think may want to help or participate.

**If you are wanting to volunteer, help or hold a fundraiser please let us know by emailing or calling.

***5k- We are looking for sponsors and there are many other ways you can help at this event if you would like to please let us know. 

Thanks ahead of time for all of your love and help!