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I wanted you to know one of my fondest memories of Jeff was when I was in grammar school and I'd come down to the house , I remember Jeff being in his room listening to Queen, a band I wasn't all that familiar with. But I remember him really liking them and playing his guitar to a tune or two. Knowing me you know I'm not a big religious person, but every time I hear "We will rock you , We are the Champions" it always reminds me of Jeff, and I always make the cross on my chest and point to the sky where I know Jeff is looking down on us. You know your family means alot to me and I just wanted to share this with you.
Your Friend, Jon Menzes
(Submitted on 5-21-02)
In 1974 Jeff was found to have hereditary spherocytosis a rare blood disease, where his red blood cells were round instead of oval. The doctors decided that Jeff would have to undergo a spleenectomy to keep his spleen from killing all of his red blood cells. While Jeff was in the hospital he received get well cards from many friends and family. There was one card in particular that brightened Jeff's day. It was a get well card from his favorite baseball player Reggie Jackson. It was unsure how Reggie had found out that Jeff was in the hospital, but we think a family friend, Chuck Hayes had contacted him some how and let him know. Jeff's mom still has that card.