She has a chance to be a good grandmother. I can only move forward. I’ve always felt like things were gonna be alright. Which is why when the local school district refused to enroll Jon in pre-school, shy, reticent Sheila did something she never thought she could do:  She spoke up. The moments when pessimism ruled, when fear took over. | Jon’s brother Josh remembers... Josh Swain, Jon's older brother: One time a neighbor like across the courtyard actually was threatening physical violence against us, if we didn’t leave. One of the blood transfusions he received when he was just a couple of days old contained blood tainted with HIV. Jon Swain:  I always felt a sense of security when I was around Josh. Mom attended elementary school in Arlee and St. Ignatius then attended high school at Hot Springs High School as Grandpa moved from one job location to another. Shot and edited by Jim Epstein and Meredith Bragg, with assistance from Josh Swain. Jon Swain:  That’s what was so hard for me... (Jon sees Amber’s tears, stops and kisses her.). Amber was pregnant. I just gave you AIDS.” I felt so bad. Is there anything you can do to make that up?Sheila Swain: I don’t know. After all was done, everything in readiness, and the sick men a distance of seven miles, for a fresh supply of brandy, lint, etc. And her first stop was a nearby crack house. Jon Swain: She said “We’re poor. She liked Jon. I didn’t want my hopes to get down. Jon Swain: That’s when it got disastrous. Too bad no one told Sheila “Beware notoriety.” AIDS had produced something like panic. Daryl James and Erica Smith His mom was about to be released after more than 5 years in prison, which meant that Jon had a decision to make. | Born February 6, 1936 in St Ignatius, to Agnes and Fon Dixon. If you are interested, the goal of the Movement reggae band is, according to band member and lead vocalist Josh Swain: “I’ve always thought of it as what I like to call alternative reggae. The future was a strange and unsettling concept for Jonathan Swain, but he knew there was someone who could help him figure it out— his older brother Josh. Jon Swain (on camera): She’s lucky because she does have the chance to redeem herself. I’m gonna do my best to try. I felt so responsible.Morrison:  Yeah. Despite the doctors’ predictions Jon lived to see his third birthday. 5. share. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs. | And there was his mom Sheila, always by his side --  smiling, supportive, the public image of a happy family masking a grim home life that was getting even grimmer. The landing got full early.....both sides chock with vehicles. Could he accept her back in his life? And that’s when a name came into his head: The one adult he could trust. Jon Swain:  I will never forget the pain she put me through. West's Josh Swain had but one catch on the night, but it came on a 66-yard scoring strike. But Jon says it felt strange. I am so thankful for a second chance. A young child on the verge of death had become his mother’s parent— her nurse, as she flirted with the fatal dangers of her addiction. I’m going to beat it. You’re out, it’s done." And when Sheila prepared that death notice, several funeral parlors told her they wouldn’t accept Jon’s body. Neil Willenson, founder of Camp Heartland and friend: If you think about Jon’s life, I don’t know anyone that suffered more. I’m so, so sorry". Report Save. ", Lenore Skenazy Soon there’s a hooker living in the bedroom next to mine—just junkies hanging around the house all the time. He said yes. And now, as she tried to prepare for his death, she discovered that the news had gotten around. Jacob Nicolas Swain, 32. And if what he did next was tantamount to suicide, would anyone really care? Morrison: Are you a strong person?Sheila Swain: Uh-uh. Josh Swain: I think that hit Jon pretty hard ‘cause our whole life me and him, you know, we were always together. The band won the world's largest battle of the bands, Emergenza, in 2006. She’s a grandmother. There’s no food. After all she had done? It’s hard for me to forgive people sometimes, I think, because of what happened. As one of the first pediatric AIDS cases in the U.S., Jon had been fortunate to be at the forefront of AIDS research, and lived long enough to benefit from a medical breakthrough in the mid-'90s... a mixture of drugs called pro-tease inhibitors which, though they do not cure AIDS victims, did manage to prolong life, quite dramatically. On the track, senior Ethan Eno is a strong competitor in the sprints and the hurdles, and other talented hurdlers are seniors Nathan Roseboro, Ryan Ruiz and Griffin Bevere and junior Josh Swain. Mom graduated from Hot Springs in 1954 then moved to Spokane to get her certificate from Kinman Business College in Spokane. Like “Oh my God, no.” And he just kept saying, "I’m so sorry. Additional assistance by Robert Mariani. 65 enter only one can leave and become the true swain. We had welfare, we had food stamps. And Jonathan is also doing well. BILLINGS WEST (20-3) ... Capital took the boards battle, 34-22. A small black and white photograph of a little boy in overalls, holding a ball, an oxygen tube in his tiny nostrils, his eyes staring quizzically at the camera. Two months turned into two long years. Jon Swain: I thought about death, but I wouldn’t accept it for me. Jon Swain:  It was very scary for me. | Sheila Swain: Highly educated people were just acting very ignorant.Morrison: When they saw you coming, you and your boy...Sheila Swain: Oh, they would clear the way, definitely.Morrison: What was the look on their face?Sheila Swain: Fear. She wrote an obituary for someone who was yet to die. I wanted to prepare him so he wouldn’t be afraid, you know what I mean?Morrison: But how do you do that?Sheila Swain: I tried to just tell him that he was one of God’s little angels and, you know, that he wasn’t needed very long on this earth. Original release date was June 5, 2015 and the original writeup is below. Sheila Swain: I was only one person. It was like, “My God, my God, you know. How can you do that?Amber: Well, there’s no guarantee. I’m sick every day". Keith Morrison, Dateline correspondent: Why does a woman in your situation with a son who needed so much help decide to kill herself?Sheila Swain, Jon's mother: Well...see, I didn’t really try to kill myself I was thinking about it but I said, “you know what? Americans may shudder at the barbarity depicted in videos showing public executions by the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and China, but the fact remains that alone among all Western countries, the United States is a death penalty country. 1.24.2021 7:00 AM. About 5 minutes. Joshua Wells-allen Naramor are some of the alias or nicknames that Joshua has used. — By Pat Ryan. He’s so amazing. I just told her, “I can’t live like this. Christian Britschgi Thank you to Josh Swain for bringing this canopy - we had a nice spot near the entrance to the landing. Could touching spread AIDS? Jon Swain:  They always asked me the question, “If you love Amber as much as you do, why would you put her at this risk?” I just told them that I’m a progressive person and I’ve never let AIDS define who I was. Jonathan Swain. She told the local news media two weeks later, it was the enormous pressure of caring for Jon that led her to contemplate suicide but that the shooting was an accident. Life became erratic, unpredictable. You gotta be compassionate and understanding to accept me and my situation. Jon watched open-mouthed as the baby appeared, cut umbilical chord, and handed the baby to Amber. Thoughts on the league this season: It will be a battle, there are no easy games. He had stayed in touch with Sheila during her time in prison, but the years of pain and neglect during her addictions had left their mark. Sheila won! | Morrison:  What do you hope for Jett and for your family now?Amber Swain: I hope that Jon’s around to see him grow up.Morrison:  Do you have any doubts about that?Amber Swain: Some, but I knew that going in. Jon, giving a speech: What I don’t like about AIDS is when people say, “This man in room 37 is dying with AIDS.” You’re not dying until you’re dead. The two founding members, Josh Swain and Jordan Miller, then relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they acquired a live rhythm section in the form of local Philadelphia musicians Jay Schmidt and Gary Jackson. Eric Boehm Anyway, he was a husband now... and a father, who wanted to be there for his son… always, and not just the first few years, the way his mother was for him. With TicketSmarter, The Movement tickets are available for reggae fans. Interviews by Michael C. Moynihan and Nick Gillespie. I wanna beat this virus. Jon Swain: In some ways, it’s kind of messed me up. Morrison:  Probably for the rest of your life.Sheila Swain: Probably. January 4th, 2005: A son waiting to be reunited with his long-lost mom. Sheila binged. She has that opportunity now.Sheila Swain: It is a new beginning. They named him Jonathan. Sheila Swain: And my heart just went out of my body. She’d trade our food stamps for money and then she’d buy crack. Reset your password Tell us the username and email address associated with your Reddit account, and we’ll send you an email with a link to reset your password. Josh Swain: We have no food in the house. I knew I would lose my mom. He didn’t see the gun his mom took out of her drawer just weeks after his 6th birthday; didn’t hear the gunshot that sent a bullet straight into Sheila’s stomach. It hurts me, what she did to me. | Sheila Swain had an awful secret. Now Jon made the decision he believed was right. Includes Address(4) Phone(3) See ... Justin Swain, Sandra Swain, Josh Swain, Susan Swain. Includes Address(10) Phone(5) Email(1) See Results. Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. I want to live a long life. She didn’t care at all.Keith Morrison, Dateline correspondent:  She didn’t care that you had AIDS?Jon Swain: She cared but she wasn’t worried. His mother started to focus not on his death, but his life. Part of the reason the American public maintains a steadfast support of its government killing convicted murderers is due to the cloak of secrecy covering executions and the fact that the most common form of execution, lethal injection, is sold to the public as a medical procedure, akin to putting a sick animal to sleep. 8 months ago. At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception. It was a proud day when Sheila accompanied Jon to his first day of school. We’re not Rasta. Sheila was lucky. Not in his wildest dreams, he said. So, even as she took Jon to the National Institutes of health in Washington for an experimental drug treatment which might help him survive a bit longer, she herself was going down fast. Or a sneeze? Their first album, On Your Feet, continues to receive critical acclaim years after its release in 2004. She could do nothing but plead guilty, she was guilty. I’m just very proud of you, proud of Jett. Jon Swain:  I would always shut it out of my mind. And I’m ashamed of myself.Morrison: You were a little kid. Accessibility | About 9 minutes. And there was the big news. Josh Swain the Coward King. Neil Willenson, founder of Camp Heartland: What I saw was a young man with tremendous energy and tremendous spirit and great athletic ability. Sheila Swain: I’m very ashamed of what I did, you know, very ashamed.Keith [to Sheila in prison]: He says no one hurt him more than you. There were no escapes at this point. I am so proud of him and honored to be his mother. Keith Morrison, Dateline correspondent: But you’re supposed to be dead?Jon Swain: Yeah. Your son’s a public figure. She was bright, rebellious... and in love. No one could have suspected, least of all young Jonathan, that he was soon going to lose his mother as well. Sheila Swain: He keeps saying, “If you ever do drugs again.” I know, I’m probably gonna have to be proving it to him for a long, long time. But at the time of the shooting, dealing with her son’s disease, wasn’t Sheila’s only struggle. His brother, who’d helped him survive as a boy, is now his cooking partner. Jon wanted more. And...I didn’t succeed. I don’t know if you’re going to be able to see this, but I love you. Camera by Josh Swain and Fisher. Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes. Jon Swain, neglected and depressed, gave up. We don’t have no pop, no milk. Ciaramella Now the restaurant is back with a similar menu, new location and a new owner determined to … NOOOOOOOOOOO JOSH SWAIN. They said, “Yes.” And I was holding on to that. PROTIP: Press the ← and → keys to navigate the gallery ... josh swain, meet, name, facebook. Go to for iPod, HD, and audio versions. If you think that’s where our story ends...with a crying and incarcerated mother and a devastated son... then you don’t know Jonathan Swain. The Matrix - Let the Battle Begin Like us on Facebook! Jon, in a way only Jon could, wasted no time in making his presence known. But he also asked him to talk to children and adults about his disease, to educate, to give them some of the hope that kept him going. That he would never live to be three. An enabler? | And then there were the threats. ... Nick Colton (OF), Will Dibble (OF), Evan Short (P), Trevor Williams (C), Josh Swain (IF), Adrian Weaver (IF), Ryder Lathrop (1B), Lenny Reed (IF) Comments on Returnees: We have a good mix of kids with some really good talent. We’re not getting any help from anyone else. "She was charged with violating the Reopening Ontario Act. Jon Swain:  I was scared that her family would never accept me and I didn’t want to take that away from your family.Amber: But I also told you that I’d give up my family if that’s what it meant.Jon Swain:  I know.Morrison:  You would give up your family? 1.25.2021 2:00 PM, Robby Soave His mother is back. Then one day, when Jon was 16, the past caught up. With girls that usually meant the end of any romantic relationship, but not with Amber. | Sheila Swain: My saying was, “It’s you and me against the world.” I was willing to fight the world for him. We’re chewing on spaghetti sticks for chips. Lived In Sherwood MI, Union City MI, Battle Creek MI. Occasionally he and his mother still gave speeches together, and he still attended school... but was afraid to breathe a word of the ugly truth. How easy was it to catch? And yet, he never seemed to lose an unbridled energy. The next months were difficult. r/TheJoshSwainBattle: At precisely 4/24/2021 all of the Josh Swains will gather at (40.8223286, -96.7982002) and battle for the rights to their name. “Born into earthly life March 19, 1983,” it said underneath, “Departed into eternal life”... And then a blank space for the date which no one doubted would come soon. "Morrison: Because at the beginning you shouldered it all, you fought the battles.Sheila Swain: And then I wimped out.Morrison: How is it possible that hero mom could get to that place?Sheila Swain: It’s ugly, isn’t it? Jon was there, of course. I was so alone. Disappeared for days at a time, leaving the boys to fend for themselves. level 2. Did you just hear what he said about me? Who was this 22-year old woman who wasn’t worried about AIDS? In mid-1998, Sheila had finally kicked it- no more drugs and a stable job. Once, his crazy dream was to live to be 20. But none of this, life-affirming though it was, could change the fact that Jon, all experts still believed, would lose his life to AIDS in the very near future. Optimism... there was none.Morrison: Pretty desperate.Jon Swain: Yeah.. The top state of residence is Washington, followed by Georgia. For a long time, little Jon had been unaware of just how much had changed in his mom’s life. He fought with kids sometimes. Josh, now a cook, lived in a small town called Vernal, Utah. He’d be terribly sick, and yet still bouncing around, with his irresistible grin. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Jett was healthy. Mom attended elementary school in Arlee and St. Ignatius then attended high school at Hot Springs High School as Grandpa moved from one job location to another. It was understandable, perhaps, given his mother’s addiction.. And then in June 1985, a couple of months after Jon turned 2 years old, came that phone call from the doctor. After I left he didn’t deal. Morrison:  How can you commit to having a relationship physically with a guy you know has AIDS? Josh Swain: You don’t understand why you were welcome yesterday and today you’re an outcast. And I know how bad it would look but I have nothing else. I don’t have any doubts. A man who fled from battle the moment it was considered. For him?Amber: Yeah. The battle really boils down to what you value in your state leadership: morality and ethics or collectivism and Progressive policies. Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. Like us on Facebook. Please don’t let them get AIDS. I want to have things in life and I’m sorry it happens to be your daughter. She had a lot to cope with. Down with Josh Swain! IE 11 is not supported. He has a wife and a six-month old grandson to show her. Willenson: He kept asking, “Can I live with you? In the winter of 1995, Jonathan Swain was losing his life-long battle with AIDS. Graphics by Jason Keisling. Josh vowed, as older brothers often do, to protect Jon from the furor that surrounded him for as long as his short life would allow. And Jon liked her. He also said that being a vegan is like being a Black guy in the 1950’s. She had moved to Milwaukee to be near her son in whom her interest was once again insatiable. In March 1989, Jon Swain turned 6 years old. That kinda’ gets you. Was Jon ready to leave the understanding world around him, ready to face possible discrimination, to fight for acceptance one more time? Morrison: This causes pain, doesn’t it?Sheila Swain: (Crying) Yeah, it does. And somewhere along the way - as Jon continued to defy the odds - something changed. An event so unlikely, so unexpected, that his party became a media event. 56. share. And it was a secret that would threaten to destroy not only her, but the son she so desperately wanted to keep alive. Everything just pretty much changed after that. Rosenfeld and Josh Swain. A closer look would have revealed the tell-tale signs—the haggard figure, the pockmarked face - a radical change from the strong and pretty woman facing the cameras just a year before. Recently the Swains took their first family vacation to DisneyWorld. Jon Swain: I just said, “Man, I can’t do this.” I was so scared. If anyone on the outside had known the real story, they would have had to marvel just how did her sick son survive the next year...and the next...and the next. Now, surely, he was done. It may have been inevitable that despite all his precautions, one terrible day, the statistical probabilities of that Russian roulette of theirs played out: The condom broke. In the winter of 1995, Jonathan Swain was losing his life-long battle with AIDS. 1.22.2021 5:12 PM. Sheila Swain: You know what? At that point, all we knew is that if I got pregnant I would get AIDS.Jon Swain:  I, Mr. AIDS here, I called the AIDS hotline and I said “Is it possible to be pregnant and not have AIDS? Amber continued to take the HIV test and each time it came back negative. Jon Swain: I said, “If I ever find drugs or if you’re ever stranded in a crack house, it’s over. A junkie’s habit is hard to break. Jon used a condom to minimize any chance of infecting Amber with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In fact, an adult friend helped him write a children’s book that chronicled his brief life. How come he’s always sick?". Jon Swain: I know.Morrison: How can you be ashamed of yourself?Jon Swain: It’s probably the only thing I look back on and I regret.Morrison: But wait a minute… you’re 11 years old!Jon Swain: Right. And I did make funeral arrangements for him. For all those years he had hoped, but now, he didn’t anymore. I could die in an airplane crash or to work in the car tomorrow. And then I think to myself, well maybe they’ll get a cure one day. Josh Swain is on Facebook. That’s one thing I’m not gonna say I am anymore, "strong. Neil Willenson, founder of Camp Heartland, a summer camp for children with AIDS, met Jon at the National Institute of Health when Jon was 10 years old. Josh was just two years older than Jon. To be someone to talk to, to be there for me. I can only move on. In June 2001, Jonathan Swain was posing for photos with Neil Willenson, the man who’d given him a home these last 5 years, who’d made sure Jon got back on his AIDS medication and began to look after himself again. And Amber... well, who could ever have expected to find her? A dishonorable man who only claimed his throne after there was no other Josh left to claim it. Two churches barred the entire family from attending Sunday services. I never doubted in my mind that she loved me.Morrison:  Do you forgive her?Jon Swain: Do I forgive her? | Jonathan became the first child in Colorado, one of the first in the U.S. to contract the disease, And this is the mid-‘80s, medical research into AIDS was in its infancy, treatments were virtually non-existent. Amber came from a tight-knit Mormon family. I wanna be there for my family. The school enrollement at Columbia High School reached . Finally Josh had had enough. Already, as she waited for the results, she began to feel different: Fatigued, occasionally ill. And then, alone in the bathroom, she was caught off guard looking at two bright blue lines: the result of a different test altogether. Buy MindWare The How I Survived Game – Hilarious Card Game for Kids & Adults – Laugh ‘til You cry, Super Funny Kid-Humor Game – Gift for Boys & Girls Ages 8+: Card Games - FREE DELIVERY possible on eligible purchases He was nervous and almost dazed, in utter amazement that this was happening to him at all. Jon, who had never had a relationship with his dad, didn’t want to go. Willenson: He said, “Neil, it’s my goal in life to live to be 20.” It taught me once again that we just don’t have the luxury of time. I mean, to see— because I was sober and clean - and to see the hurt I had caused my family, my kids... my son that needed me, you know. 92. share. Related To Jeremiah Swain, Matthew Swain, Anne Swain, James Swain. Crazy, I guess ever since I was a kid, everyone told me I was gonna die and I just always knew deep down inside; I had faith at three years old that I would be alive. Summary: Joshua Naramor is 31 years old and was born on 01/01/1990. (Crying). “I love my mom,” the caption read underneath, “I think she is brave. Union leaders shame parents, arguing that equity gaps will widen if parents pull their children out of public schools. It’s hard for me emotionally sometimes. I have nothing.”. He better not.Jon [laughing]: Or you’ll kill me, right?Amber Swain: That’s right.Jon Swain: Yeah. But I always felt like the protector of my mom and I felt like I didn’t protect her when I did that. And it was hard to understand. For two years doctors didn’t have an answer. Is it ok if I sell drugs just for a few months, to get us out of this hole?Morrison: She is asking her 11-year-old son for permission to sell drugs from your home?Jon Swain: I just said, “If things are that bad and that’s what you have to do, then that’s what you have to do and I love you.” You know? For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. She had two little kids. He wasn’t used to just giving up. Anthony Fisher Sheila Swain: Somebody came by and said, offered me... a line of cocaine. He’s gotta do it. It must mean she’s coming down the escalator.Amber Swain: You’re nervous?Jon Swain: Yeah, all of a sudden. She’s an inmate at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, California, reflecting on the mother she failed to be. Jon Swain: Just think about your childhood hero. Brewerton, N.Y. — Bear Creek enjoyed a well-regarded, but brief tenure in Brewerton before closing last summer after just nine months in business. It would turn out to be a little more protection than he imagined. Launch is @ 7am and the weigh in @ 3pm for all events. body going, and how, even when he finally went home, he was far from healthy. She made that commitment. Jon Swain: I mean, I couldn’t go in to my teacher and say, “Hey, listen, I live in a crack house. I couldn’t do it all and I think I tried to do it all. On June 6, 2004, when Amber was eight months pregnant, she and Jon got married. 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