George Johnson


"Monday, August 19, 2013 was just another routine day in my life filled with school exams, homework and guitar lessons. I had not been feeling well and dad took me to the doctor to be checked out. After running some routine blood tests, we were given a follow up call later that night suggesting we pack our bags and head to Atlanta. No, we were not going to a Braves game but headed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. After further tests were run at the hospital, it was determined that I was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Most people just refer to this as (ALL). This is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow produces too many white blood cells. Treatment for ALL began immediately and is dispensed over the course of about three years. The first year includes an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy that had me hospitalized numerous times. On two occasions, I had severe allergic reactions to chemotherapy and required physical therapy to recover. Thankfully the first year is in the rear view mirror and I’m now in a phase called Maintenance. Maintenance therapy is still difficult with chemotherapy administered daily but tolerable enough that I can get back to being a kid again and enjoying many of the things I used to. My journey to the cure continues through December 2016. Thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta I’m in such a better place than I was a year ago!"

Fighting Every Day,