My dear friends,
Thank you for taking the time to read this story about my friend Julianne, Thank you in advance for your help to raise awareness, and your financial contribution to help find a cure. Like so many of us, it often takes a tragedy to nudge us into action. I have no been nudged.. This is my story.
As you know my husband John has been teaching and coaching in La Center, Washington for years. Through a chance meeting in this small, ordinary town, I was blessed with the friendship of an extraordinary woman. Julianne Johnson.
Julie is the wife of one of John's closest friend, and fellow coach Karl. Mother of 5 children: Little Jesse 6, Isaac 8, Jake 14, Naomi 18, Steve 21. ( Steve is now wheelchair bound from complications of muscular dystrophy) Julianne is a model Mom of 5, effortlessly supporting the community, her children's sports, volunteering in the classroom, and oh yes, she is an ICU nurse as Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. Julianne, has recently put her husband through school so that he could pursue his career and even further contribute to the community as a middle school teacher, Julianne does all this and so much more with the happiest of hearts and always with a smile.
Julianne is the Mom I wish I could be, and wife I try to be and the friend all of us wish we had.
2 weeks ago today, Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Please, take a moment right now- and think about your friends, sisters and daughters. Think about what a gift we could be the next generation if we wiped out the fear of breast cancer from our children's lives. Think about how you can make a difference.
If you can share Julie's story, or your own with a handful of friends... I thank you. If you can make a financial contribution, that will lead to the elusive cure...our daughters will thank you.
This disease knows no boundaries. It has struck the best of the best: Julianne, Age 39. Mother of 5, No family history of cancer whatsoever. It can happen to anyone.
Our daughter's need us to find a cure.
Please help today.
October 5, 2008 I will be running, and a whole lot of walking, the Portland Marathon and have a goal of raising $10,000 for the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure Foundation in honor of Julianne Johnson and her 'race of her lifetime'.
Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated.
My warmest regards,