Friends and fans are helping a longtime Minnesota DJ with cancer

Without insurance to cover his cancer treatments, Jason Nagel's friends and supporters are stepping up.

A disc jockey who was a maintstay on the Twin Cities radio dial for many years is "blown away by the generosity" friends and strangers alike are showing as he raises money for a fight against cancer.

Jason Nagel was diagnosed in late June. On a GoFundMe page raising money to help cover his medical bills, Sean Barnard writes that Nagel's cancer is a kind that makes it not so fun to sit down.

Nagel had moved to Key West, Florida, Barnard writes, but has no health insurance through his work and has now returned to the town of Carlos, Minnesota, to stay with his father during his cancer treatment.

The fundraising page just recently met the goal of $15,000 and Barnard posted in an update that Nagel "is blown away by the generosity of his friends, colleagues, and some complete strangers who have helped provide some financial relief thus far."

His career

Nagel gained a following at Cities 97, working there for years alongside other well-known DJs including Brian "BT" Turner.

When his Cities 97 days ended, Nagel moved to K-TWIN, which then turned into Go 96.3, where he stayed until October of 2015.

Over the years, Nagel offered lots of help to those in the Minnesota music scene– from record store owners to band members. Some of that help has been coming back to him over the last couple weeks. The band High on Stress, for example, is donating all of the July proceeds from sales of its CD Baby Mobile to Nagel's medical fund.

All of us at GoMN are wishing the best for Jason as he tackles his cancer and moves toward what we hope will be a speedy recovery.

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