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Cancer diagnosis means tough times for Johnson family, fundraisers planned

Posted: July 28, 2012 - 11:02pm
On top of his family's medical conditions, James M. Johnson, right, recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A fundraiser will be held August 4 to help alleviate costs for the family.  Courtesy of James M. Johnson
Courtesy of James M. Johnson
On top of his family's medical conditions, James M. Johnson, right, recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A fundraiser will be held August 4 to help alleviate costs for the family.

My name is James M. Johnson, a lifelong Juneau resident and Parishioner of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. I am from Kiksadi Frog Clan of Raven Moiety, my mother is Sue Ann K. Lindoff of Juneau. I’m the eldest son, and my father is Glenn D. Johnson of Hoonah.

I’d like to mention that Juneau has helped in the past with our daughters who both have heart issues. Both are patients of Seattle Children’s Pediatric Heart Center and Dr. Schwartz of SouthEast Regional Health Consortium. My wife also had health issues; at the beginning of this year both my wife and youngest daughter had surgery and it was during this stressful time, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Due to my health issues, I resigned as caretaker and bookstore manager at St. Nicholas Church in order to take care of my health.

I’m a patient of Dr. Saltzman of Southeast Urology, and Dr. Hambleton of SEARHC. They recommended treatment at Virginia Mason Hospital. We will be traveling in mid-August. The surgeon is Dr. Kozlowski, at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. I will remain in Seattle for recovery. We should return to Juneau by August 19.

I’m in the process of hosting two events that are being sponsored by our church to help me raise funds to help cover additional medical expense, travel, hotel, transportation, etc. during our stay in Seattle. On August 3, at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Willoughby Avenue (formerly ANB Hall), doors open at 4 p.m. for a dinner to begin around 5 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes. There will be choice of pork or chicken adobo or fried or baked salmon to be served with rice, veggies or salad, fry bread, dessert and a choice of coffee, tea, or chilled beverage). One entree, adobo or salmon, with sides and beverages will be $12 per person, or two entrees with everything will be $15. For families – buy three and get the fourth dinner free. A donation jar will be at each table. On August 4, at Tlingit & Haida Community Center on Hospital Drive, there will be a car wash, rummage and bake sale and fry bread, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., rain or shine. The car wash will take place in the parking lot, the rest will be inside. Requested donations are, for the car wash $10.00, for fry bread $3, and prices will be marked on baked items. A separate donation jar will also be available.

Thank you for your support,

James M. Johnson

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