Help Uncle John Beat His Cancer

After over 40 years of activism and resistance against threats posed to humanity by nuclear weapons, power, and radioactive waste, John LaForge needs our support in his own battle with cancer.

John discovered a cancerous tumor on his left tonsil in January and has quickly developed a plan to return to Germany (where he was originally diagnosed) for surgery and follow-up treatment by specialists in alternative methods that he feels are right for him. The cancer is a type that is unlikely to spread, and he is optimistic that after focusing on his health and recovery for six months or so, he can return to his peace and justice work.

As a War Tax Resister, John has intentionally lived on a wage below the federal taxable  income level for the last 28 years in his position as Co-Director of Nukewatch , where he was hired by Bonnie Urfer in 1992. He has chosen to live modestly in an ongoing refusal to pay for weapons and war (and for federal bailouts of the auto industry, banks, and the nuclear reactor industry) – and to direct as many resources as possible to the anti-nuclear movement. Now faced with paying out-of-pocket for surgery, ongoing follow-up treatment, and travel expenses, expected to cost at least $15,000 altogether, John needs our support.

If you’ve spent much time with John, you know he keeps his clever sense of humor even in the most difficult circumstances. True to form, he recently commented, “Who says irony is dead? After 40 years of speaking out against poison weapons and reactors, cancer hits me right in the mouth.”

Let’s help get him through this and back to speaking out! Please donate through this page, or if you prefer to send a contribution by mail, please address it to:

John LaForge
c/o Nukewatch
740A Round Lake Road
Luck, WI 54853

On behalf of John and his close family and friends, thank you so much for standing behind him during this difficult time. He is very grateful for your love and support.



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