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This fundraiser ended on 07/15/12

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A friend in need; is a friend in deed.

We are starting this page to ease the financial burden that comes with cancer. Gary’s cancer has come back for a third time. He has been fighting cancer since 2008. Within the last year he went through major surgery followed by months of chemo and radiation. Surgery is scheduled again for the end of May at Dana Farber in Boston. Directly or indirectly nobody likes to hear “cancer” associated with someone they love. Asking for help, particularly financially doesn’t make our parents comfortable. Therefore, we decided we would do it for them, but it has proven to be harder than we thought.

Our dad, as many of you know is a light hearted man, someone who enjoys making people laugh. To be happy he only needs to be surrounded by his loving wife Cathy, his children and friends…oh and his true love, his Camaro.

While undergoing his past treatment, he did his best to not let it control his life. Climbing Mt. Major in NH was a goal set and accomplished. Although it proved to be exhausting, it also proved that he can do whatever he sets his mind to. He was going to beat cancer; it wasn’t going to beat him.

Now here we are today. The cancer has returned. We are at a loss for words. My parents have yet to finish paying for the medical expenses from his first two victories, and now we are faced with an even harder battle. Our saying is “Grab the bull by the horns.” We are in this as a family, and are extending the offer to join Gary’s journey to beat cancer. No donation is too small, every little bit will help relieve the stress this disease comes with. They say the third time is a charm!

Carlie Johnson Hanson &
Craig R. Johnson
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