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Photos courtesy of Phil Jorgensen's family


Phil Jorgensen, 36, and his wife, Krishna “Krissy” Jorgensen. Phil passed away Monday night after a long battle with brain cancer.




Reddit comes to the rescue of late Superman fan's Omaha family

The death of a friend led to a day-long hunt for a Superman tie, and a hero came to the rescue in the most unlikely of places: a Reddit forum.

Omahan Phil Jorgensen, 36, died late Sunday night after a four-year battle with brain cancer.

Phil was a Superman fanatic. He'd been one since he was a little kid. He had tons of Man of Steel memorabilia, even a tattoo on his right arm of Superman's shield. When he died, his wife, Krishna “Krissy” Jorgensen, changed her Facebook profile picture to an illustration of Superman rising.

Phil was something of a Superman himself. He was a big guy, tough. He would work out two hours everyday, even, for a time, after his 2010 diagnosis. He went home from the hospital a few days after having brain surgery.

Phil's friends and family thought it was important something Superman go with him. That he should be wearing a Superman tie for his Thursday funeral services.

This happened to be one Superman item Phil didn't own. So on Tuesday -- at the behest of Phil's brother, Doug Jorgensen -- finding a Superman tie became the mission of Phil's friend and former brother-in-law Joshua Caito.

This ended up being a lot tougher than you might think. Caito tried Legend Comics, Krypton Comics, Ground Zero Comics, Target, Kohl's, JCPenney, Gordmans, Walmart, Target, Imaginarium, Spencer's and Hot Topic. Not a single Superman tie to be found.

Caito didn't think he could order one online and get it in time, so he made one last-ditch local effort. He went to the online forum Reddit and asked if anyone knew where to get a Superman tie in Omaha.

As with any Internet forum, it was a mixed bag response. Helpful suggestions, silly comments and even a few heartfelt condolences. And eventually, someone saved the day.

“I happen to have two,” responded user ineedascreenname, a.k.a. Matt LeBaugh. “I'm in the Benson area. PM (personal message) me and you can pick whichever one you want.”

Caito swung by LeBaugh's. LeBaugh gave him both ties, and, faster than a speeding bullet, Caito ran them over to Phil's family.

“That's amazing that a complete stranger would do that,” Caito said. “The Internet can be a horrendous place, but every once in a while, it surprises you.”

Caito thinks Phil would have been tickled by the tie-finding adventure.

“He was a hell of a guy,” Caito said of his friend. “He was always someone you were looking forward to seeing.”

* * *

Phil and his wife were active in the Tie One On For Brain Cancer charity. Read more about it here.

A fundraiser has been set up for the Jorgensens' medical expenses. Learn more about it here.


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