Mayor Jason Lary: “I’m not done yet. We are still on mission.” 
On Common Ground News editor Valerie J. Morgan and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan

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On Common Ground News editor Valerie J. Morgan and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan
On Common Ground News editor Valerie J. Morgan and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary announced he is battling cancer. In an exclusive interview with On Common Ground News, he discussed his health challenge, his medical regimen in the face of cancer and the future of the city. 

Question: What is the status of your health?

Answer:  I have prostate cancer. I found out about three months ago. The problem started with painful kidney stones that I could not shake. Further testing and a biopsy revealed that cancer was present. 

Question: Were you surprised to learn you had cancer? 

Answer: Shocked. Very shocked. No one in my family has had cancer. The only time I’ve been in the hospital—before this happened—is to visit somebody. When I learned that I had cancer, it forced me to take a different course. For five years, I had worked on building the city, getting the referendum done to create the city of Stonecrest. We worked tirelessly and I was neglecting myself personally and my family. We were all making a lot of sacrifices.

This was a wake-up call for me. It’s all God’s will. It has forced me to become more healthy. Doctors told me I had to lose 30 pounds. I’ve lost 10. I used to drink three sodas and two cups of coffee every day. Now, I’m down to one cup a week. I wasn’t walking 10 yards to the car. Now, I’m walking 10 miles a week.     

Question: What stage of cancer are you facing? 

Answer: There are three stages: high, medium and low. I am in the lower medium stage. When it’s caught early, men can have an 80 percent chance of beating it and I believe that my outcome will be good.    

I have completed my pre-treatments so far. I start radiation in the middle of October and that will last for about 30 days or so. After that, doctors will evaluate and tell me if I need to continue treatment or have surgery. 

Question: Who will run the City Council meetings while you are on medical leave?  

Answer: Mayor Pro Tem George Turner will run the meetings. However, I’m still going to try to come as often as possible. I plan to fulfill the one third attendance requirement ( for a three-month period) stated in the charter for elected officials. I will make the two meetings in October and then we will have to see how well I’m doing after radiation begins as to whether I will be able to make the November and December meetings.       

Question: What is the future of the city?  

Answer: We are still on mission. We’re going to stay focused on our Development Authority, getting our parks in order, repaving our roads, everything that we have promised our citizens. We’re going to clean up Stonecrest. In fact, that will be my next topic for “Straight Talk With the Mayor” on October 8th, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.  

We plan to contract with landscape companies to beautify gateways and other areas of the city. We will be looking at putting out a Request for Proposal for landscaping early next year. 

We will still have a zero millage rate for the 2019 tax year, making Stonecrest the most inexpensive city in DeKalb County to live in.

We’re celebrating Stonecrest Fest Oct. 3-6 and I’m really excited about that. The festival is going to feature a week-long celebration of activities, including a free concert on Saturday starring violinist Ken Ford. I will be recording a radio commercial advertising the festival that will run on 87.7 FM.      

Question: What message do you have for residents and Stonecrest business owners? 

Answer: First of all, I want to thank all of those who have reached out to me for their prayers and well wishes.

 I want people to feel encouraged and know that they still have the same quality of  leadership that we started with. I am going to continue to work hard on their behalf. Everything is going to be just fine. What I’m dealing with concerning my health is just a bump in the road. I’m not going to stop fighting. 

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8 comments

  • Miss Sherry

    September 28, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Mayor Lary,
    Hoping and Praying for a speedy recovery. Yes, there is still lots of work to make our city GREAT! But I believe if we continue to work together, we can get it done. I have been a resident and lived in the Stonecrest area for almost 25 years; I have watched it grow from nothing to the city that it is today. More police presence is a MUST!!! We also need more community involvement!!!! My dream is for Stonecrest City to be the little jewel of the east; a city that everyone would like live and play in…..

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  • Sharon D Nelson

    September 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Mayor thank you for this interview, insight and encouragement, my dad had the low grade of prostate cancer and he went through all the necessary treatment and is fine. It will be a long revovery but with support through wife and children you will be absolutely fine. I will continue to pray for you as always. Sharon☺

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  • Vivian Pollard

    September 29, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Mr. Mayor, “thank you” for the honest and open up-date ref: your health & City’s mission in moving FORWARD. As stated previously, you are the HEAD & know that your constituent body of Citizens will keep the business of Our City on track by standing in the GAP until your health allows your return to the full duty of LEADERSHIP!!!! Even after your return, I’ll still stuck around just in case I’m needed!!

    I’m the one that always REMINDS you of the night you brought Michael Frank’s to Lithonia, in concert. I figured he also had to be a favorite of yours, daring to bring that White boy to Lithonia, GA (ha ha)!!!! I knew then that you thought outside the box.

    With Ken Ford coming in Oct. for Stonecrest Fest, hopefully, his musical talent, up top of Arabia Mountain will serve as an additional balm for your healing, along with all Our continued prays for you and family.

    Amendi,
    Peaceful blessings always,
    Vivian Pollard

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  • Janice Morris

    September 29, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Mayor Lary I live in Conyers Ga, however I’m so proud of you for putting your health first. Helping Hands Clinic serving Rockdale Dekalb and Newton uninsured http://www.helpinghandsga.org. We’re hosting a FREE Think Pink 365 Breast Cancer with Free Prostate Cancer screeing thru blood work(PSA) On Oct 6 2018 10-2pm /2242 Lake Rockaway Road Conyers Ga 30012. Please send some of your Male friend’s out for the FREE screening. Results will be back within 24hours. Office 404 276 7674 or 678 607 0759. God bless you and the family.

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  • Betty James

    October 1, 2018 at 1:31 am

    God bless you mayor I am praying for your speedy recovery

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  • Suzanne Frick

    October 30, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Now you are 1/2 way through the radiation treatments. This is the toughest time. The end of the hard part is in sight. I wish you strength, love of family & friends and blessings on the health care providers. All the best in the next few challenging weeks.

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  • DCS

    November 14, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Greetings.

    I’m proud of the fact that a man can stand and put his business out like this, especially in showing the video following at the beginning of your treatment. You could have very well stayed vague and just noted ‘for health reasons’. Your transparency should be appalled. Best to you and your family as you all move forward, getting closer to your testimony!. Remember, the battle is not yours alone!

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  • DCS

    November 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Correction TO MY POST…Your transparency should be APPLAUDED!

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