Larry Kicks Cancer
If you know Larry, you have a story embedded in your memory that made you smile right now. Maybe it’s related to time you spent with him that resulted in shenanigans and laughter. Or, perhaps you’ve been touched by his unique gift of storytelling, of observing simple things about people, places, and events that he spins into a yarn that makes your day brighter and your heart lighter. He might have turned you on to some great new music or said something kind to you at the precise moment you needed to hear it. This is the stuff our dear LJ is made of.
Larry has recently been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. He has tumors in his colon, lungs, liver, and spine. He is undergoing surgery for severe back pain and will begin chemotherapy shortly. Although this is a tough battle to fight, his gloves are on and he’s looking the enemy square in the eye. Thanks to a selfless team of supporters by his side, including Lana, his children, his family, and his friends; faith in God; and the many prayers on his behalf, Larry has a heart filled with gratitude and the courage to move forward and defeat cancer.
He needs our help. Here are some of the things he is facing as this journey unfolds. While health insurance covers some of his expenses, the out-of-pocket contribution is quickly becoming unmanageable. Some of his medications have cost $400-$500. Additionally, there are travel, meal, and lodging expenses for him and the family members supporting him during the treatment. There are also normal bills coming in right now that are difficult to manage given he cannot work. Any contributions to this fund will help him and his loved ones endure this struggle with a bit more ease.
Martin Luther King said, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Thank you in advance for being one of the stars for Larry and the Johnsons during this dark and difficult time. Through your love, generosity, and prayers, the healing can begin. Thank you!
I am happy to report we reached our fundraising goal! I cannot thank you all enough for donating, sharing, and spreading the message. Because of your efforts, Larry and his family can focus on more important things like recovery, care, and treatment. Your support and generosity inspire me and give me hope in humanity. Thank you!
Please continue to keep Larry in your thoughts and prayers. Lift him up. Send him strength. Help him remember he is not alone in this battle.
Six years ago this cast of characters assembled at RB’s for a reunion of sorts. It remains one of my most cherished memories. Not only did we reminisce about old times, we created a whole new archive of jokes and mayhem to reflect back on. I am lucky to have friends like that—friends that I knew as a kid who also fit right into my adult life.
It’s hard to watch the people you love go through hell. Your generosity and kindness has soothed my soul and given me hope. I am deeply grateful to all of you who have shared and donated to this fund. We are so close to reaching our goal. I know this cushion is going to help Larry over the next few months as he endures chemotherapy and works to get his health back. Please continue to share, donate, and pray for him and his family. Thank you!
LJ the coolest 'J" I've ever known.....praying for your innate humor and love for life to pull you through this immensely tough time. Surrounded by so many wonderful friends and family you have is an asset to your daily process of recovery. Know that those of us who love you from afar are praying for you and sending you healing energy each and every day.