The Sarah and Ollie Memorial Fund

On Monday, December 11th of 2017, DJ and his family were on their way home from an OB appointment, minutes away from their home in the small town of Polo, IL, when a fatal snowstorm altered their family forever. Their vehicle hit the ice and lost control, colliding with an oncoming vehicle. The passengers of the oncoming vehicle only suffered minor injuries, but DJ’s wife, Sarah Rose Johnson, only 26 years old and 35 weeks pregnant, was lost to us forever. --And Oliver, the baby boy whom Sarah was so proud to bring into the world for DJ, before breathing his first breath and despite the effort of multiple physicians, followed his mother to the golden shores beyond.

DJ survived, despite multiple injuries, and is making a beautiful recovery. Their daughter Kylia, age 4, was in the back seat of the car as well, and is now courageously recovering from her trauma as we anxiously watch.

This fragile, beautiful family was not and could not have been prepared for this tragedy. With the hard road already ahead, we do not believe that they should be further hindered by funeral and medical expenses out of their reach. Please help us do the little that we can to make their days ahead just a little bit easier.

We, the family, thank you in advance. Hold your loved ones close during this Holiday season.


For those wishing to donate cash directly, an account is now available at the First State Bank in Polo, IL. You may mail your donation to:

First State Bank, Shannon - Polo
PO Box 85
Shannon, IL 61078
For Benefit of Sarah Johnson Memorial

Thank you all for your overwhelming support.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Robby Shaw 
Polo, IL
Gayle Hall 
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