Support Barbara Johanson and her fight against cancer!

For: Barbara Johanson
Sherwood, OR
Organizer: Egg Hunt for Hope (Sherwood, OR)
Support Barbara Johanson and her fight against cancer! (Barbara Johanson)
$5,797
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 54 donors
23% Complete

The Story

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. 


Sincerely, 

Erica Lindsley



Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 30, 2018

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Posted on January 30, 2018

Hi Everyone-

Sorry for the long delay in-between postings here on YouCaring.  Things have been progressing pretty well and Barbara is more than half-way through her  second round of chemo.  Surgery dates are tentative right now but we're targeting the first week in April for her first.  Prior to that she will have a full-body PET scan to ensure that the cancer hasn't strayed.  As she finishes up chemo, this scan is our next large hurdle to overcome.  As we get closer I'll share more.

Though the first seven weeks of this particular drug have gone well, it's starting to catch up with her a bit (as her doctor warned it would) and she's starting to feel it more - tired and not quite feeling well.  

Though I know she's sent thank you notes, I want to say thank you again to everyone who has contributed to this fund.  Every dollar spent to this point has gone toward medical expenses as intended.

My best to everyone and thank you again.  You're all a tremendous source of strength and support.  We are very, very appreciative.

- Jeff



Posted on January 12, 2018

Posted on January 12, 2018

We are quickly approaching some milestone dates in Barb's journey.   The current path has a surgery scheduled for Mid-March with a second surgery likely to come in April.    Barb is on an every Friday chemo path (with about 7 remaining) in preparation for the surgeries.     Every dollar raised to date has been utilized for the co-pay's that go along with the treatment she receives and with the new year upon us,  she will have to meet the annual deductible and that will certainly have a financial impact on her and her family.     She will also need to plan and save for lost wages that she will incur during her time away to heal and recover.    

The Egg Hunt event is full steam ahead and we would love to not only have the community support the day of the event but to also have achieved our fundraising goal on this site that will provide support up until and after that day. 

Please take a moment to read about Barb's story on this site and the updates and pictures that have been posted by her husband Jeff.  Any amount you can donate will be much appreciated by the Johanson family and #barbsarmy! 




Posted on December 8, 2017

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Posted on December 8, 2017

Today we begin a new treatment plan. Barbara is starting Taxol this morning and she’ll have treatments every Friday for the next 12 weeks.  No word yet on how surgeries will be incorporated and when.

We are hoping that she will experience less side effects and that her appetite improves. She’s down about 15 pounds at this point and her frame was thin to begin with.

Our thanks to everyone who follows these postings. To those who have contributed to help cover her medical expenses, we are extremely grateful.

Thank you-

Jeff Johanson

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