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January 24, 2012

Friends and Supporters of Us TOO,

I was saddened to receive the news that Mike Jones, a long time Us TOO volunteer, activist, and friend, passed away on January 22, 2012.. He was the Us TOO Regional Director for Texas, and the chapter leader of the Us TOO Austin chapter for over 10 years. He was a regular attendee of the Us TOO University patient education and leader training workshops over the years, so many of you may have met him at one of these events.

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Mike was a recent recipient of the Us TOO International Annual Edward C. Kaps Hope Award for outstanding chapter support group leaders. In all of his nomination letters, the same words came up over and over - committed, compassionate, unique, dedicated, loyal, dependable, love, and friendship. He was truly a special person. To read his full Hope Award description, click here.

For those of you who never had the chance to meet him, please watch this video featuring Mike for an Austin news station from last August.

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A visitation has been scheduled for Friday, January 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX 78745. Those wishing to say good-bye to Mike's physical body need to do so at this time. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. at same location.

If you would like to send your condolences to Kathleen and family, the address is:

237 Kellog
Fischer, Texas 78623

In lieu of flowers, the Jones family has requested memorial contributions be made to Us TOO International. Please visit

I speak for everyone at Us TOO when I say our hearts go out to Mike's family and friends during this time of sorrow.

Thomas Kirk
President & CEO
Us TOO International
Downers Grove, IL 60655
Office: 630-795-1002
Toll Free: 800-808-7866

Tom Kirk