After Scary Battle with Colon Cancer, the Jonas Brothers’ Dad is in Remission
Great news for the Jonas family — after a scary battle with colon cancer, Kevin, Joe & Nick‘s dad, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr., is in remission.
In the latest issue of People, the family patriarch opens up about the diagnosis, saying, “My entire life really flashed in front of me. In that moment, I thought, ‘Have I lived a good life? Have I been good to my kids and my wife? Have I done right by people?'”
“Suddenly life felt short,” PKJ recalls the feeling after learning that he had Stage 2 colon cancer.
Fortunately, the now-53-year-old had his family’s support the whole time. “They canceled their schedule, moved important things,” Papa Jonas explained last year. “They stayed with us, had the last meal before the surgery. They walked me into [Memorial] Sloan-Kettering [Cancer Center], which created a little bit of a stir.”
“When I found out about my dad’s diagnosis, it was a balance of hope and real concern and fear,” Nick says. “I pray that no one else ever has to go through that.”
“A situation like this makes you wake up and appreciate the ones around you,” Joe adds.
“Just spending time together can be the best coping mechanism,” Kevin chimes in.
“The boys showed me constantly — through texts, phone calls, visits — how much they love me,” Paul Kevin Sr. beams. And now that he’s in remission, he can spend time with them in a more positive setting. “I want to have more romance with my wife of 32 years, see my kids get married and watch my grandkids grow up,” he says.
Since things are looking up, the original manager of the Jonas Brothers is a new spokesperson for Fight CRC, a colorectal cancer research and support organization that raises awareness about the importance of early detection through colonoscopy screenings.
“If you are 50 years or older and you haven’t been screened, the bottom line is you need to be screened. Don’t tell yourself, ‘I don’t have signs or symptoms so I can put this off another year,'” says Anjee Davis, Fight CRC President. “To ease anxiety, I point people to people like Kevin and Denise… It is very empowering for survivors and family members to use their stories to encourage each other and to remind people to be screened.”