George Johnson


Monday, August 19, 2013 was just another routine day for George, filled with school exams, homework and guitar lessons. He had not been feeling well and his dad took him to the doctor to be checked out. After running some routine blood tests, they were given a follow up call later that night suggesting they pack their bags and head to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. After further tests were run at the hospital, George was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (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 him hospitalized numerous times. On two occasions, he had severe allergic reactions to chemotherapy and required physical therapy to recover. Thankfully the first year is in the rear view mirror and George is now in a phase called Maintenance. Maintenance therapy is still difficult, with chemotherapy administered daily but tolerable enough that he can get back to being a kid again. His journey to the cure continued through December 2016. Thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta he’s in such a better place than he was!