Hi Everyone: I’m Anne, Paul Johnson’s daughter. I’ve created this campaign to help us raise needed funds to help with the cost of living expenses while he battles Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
For those who don’t know his background, Dad is a lifelong professional musician who, along with Dick Dale, was one of the founding fathers of California Surf Music in the early 1960s. Dad’s band, The Belairs recorded his tune “Mr. Moto” in late 1961, a sizeable regional hit in Southern California. That, along with Dale’s “Let’s Go Trippin’” framed the sound and style of the guitar instrumental genre that came to be called “surf music.”
His important contributions to American popular music did not end with surf music. He played on Sonny & Cher’s “Baby Don’t Go,” and on recordings by Frankie Avalon, Davie Allan/Arrows, and The Hondells. He’s also appeared on dozens of instrumental and vocal recordings by various studio bands over the years. In 1966, he formed The Everpresent Fullness and was signed to White Whale Records. In the 80’s through present he has been a vibrant part the the surf instrumental music revival.
Recently, my dad was diagnosed with AML. His insurance will barely cover his treatments and hospital stays waiting for, during, and after an upcoming bone marrow transplant. We will need help with living expenses outside of the hospital: rent, food, incidentals, and my ongoing 24/7 live-in care for him until he’s fully recuperated and ready to hit the stage and recording studios again.
This campaign has been created to ask for your help to enable us to live comfortably during the interim, and to help my own expenses in caring for him. I have had to leave my job temporarily for this to happen. Presently I am traveling back and forth and usually spending 5 days here in Orange County (couch surfing) and 2 days back home in Tehachapi. We need a small place so I can be here full time and see to all his needs such as Doctor’s appointments here with his oncologist/chemo and his Doctors in Duarte at City of Hope for his upcoming bone marrow transplant, exercise/physical therapy, healthy diet, medications etc.
For the last couple of months, his ongoing care has been the responsibility of a local hospital where he underwent a first round of chemotherapy. A short while ago, he was moved to a convalescent hospital where he’s been cared for while he tries to regain his energy level enough to prepare him for the ongoing rounds of chemo and the subsequent bone marrow transplant.
Our goal is to move him from this convalescent facility, with me, into a small two bedroom so I can care for him full time and get him prepared for the bone marrow transplant as he must be strong enough for them to approve the procedure.
As most of you know he is a gifted guitarist and musician with many more years of creativity left in him. Through this campaign, we hope to maintain a comfortable existence for him over the next 6 months to a year until he conquers this life-draining bone marrow disease. I THANK YOU for your donations and I know my dad will be extremely appreciative.
Since beginning this journey with my dad in early July his response to treatment has been extremely good, and in response to this, City of Hope has started the search for a bone marrow donor.
Visit his website at www.pjmoto.com.
We both thank you for any contribution you are able to give.