Cancer ‘mess’ becomes Minden family’s message

Justin DeWitt shakes hands with Alex Johnson who along
with DeWitt's son Cooper, was diagnosed with acute
lymphoblstic leukemia. Also pictured is Alex's father,
Scott Johnson.

MINDEN — Make your mess your message.

The Johnson family of Minden took that sentiment, a quote from “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, to heart after then-6-year-old Alex Johnson was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2012. Since that diagnosis, the Johnson family has raised more than $50,000 for cancer research.

“This was a mess, and I would never wish pediatric cancer on anyone, but that’s become our message, is to raise money and that this does happen,” said Alex’s mother, Jamie Johnson. “We do need the money and the funding for more research so more kids can be saved.”

Jamie and her husband, Scott, established the goal of $50,000, thinking it would take five to seven years to achieve. By June 2014, the total amount raised was $50,900.

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