How do you tell your friends, family and colleagues that you have breast cancer? It’s crossed the mind of many before her. In a short but very heartfelt post, our 2018 “Egg Hunt for Hope” recipient, Barbara Johanson, did just that. Here is what she said:
“I’ve been wondering how to write this, or if to write this. But, I’ll steal a recent quote from JLD. “One in eight women get breast cancer; today it’s me”. She continued with “It is me today, but we found out two weeks ago and I had my first chemo session a week ago this past Friday. Why, because it’s Stage II, triple negative, fast growing, so chemo before surgery. My treatment plan is to have 8 chemo sessions total (fingers crossed) every other Friday. I know we will conquer this as so many before me have and life will be back to “normal” in no time. I ask that if you have time to spare, keep me in your good thoughts and prayers, send your karma, whatever you’ve got, I’ll take as I know it takes a cancer army to beat this. Thank you to all my family and friends. I love you all!!!”
Barbara Johanson (Barb, as many of her friends call her), is the one…the one that takes care of everyone else. And now, all of those that have been on the receiving end of her kind heart, giving nature, her quick reassurance that all will be"ok" and her willingness to “always” make sure her friends, family and others in need are taken care of, WE now have the ability to give back to her.
And how will we give back? Barb has volunteered hundreds of hours at the annual "Egg Hunt for Hope" event, so the committee unanimously agreed that Barb should be our 2018 recipient.
Barb, her husband Jeff, and her daughters Claire and Grace, met with the committee members last Sunday and as each member handed Barb a pink rose and gave her a hug, it was clear, through tears and laughter, that the right choice had been made. This event can not only provide some financial relief for the annual recipient, but more important, it provides the community support that carries people through one of the more difficult fights of their life!
Barb started a new job in January of this year, after having worked for a larger Oregon company for 17 years. Her new company is very supportive of the road Barb has ahead of her, but with that being said, Barb will need to take time away from work that will be unpaid. As she navigates through the medical world of treatments and surgeries, she and her family will have expenses that won’t be covered by insurance, taking a toll on the family’s resources and ability to continue to thrive, as stress free as possible, down this road. There will be meals cooked, rides for the girls, packages and flowers delivered to Barb’s door and hugs needed. This online and Egg Hunt fundraising effort however, will be the avenue to ease the burden that should never weigh heavy on someone fighting this disease!
Our event has a goal of raising $25,000 through this site and other sponsorship opportunities. Please help us reach our goal by donating here or visiting our "Egg Hunt for Hope" Facebook page to find out more information about how to get involved.
Thank you for your donation and any encouraging words you may leave for Barb and her family.