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Family behind Run For Our Sons needs the community's support

Our community has shown such kindness and generosity for those in need far and near.  From places like Texas in need of disaster support to those in need in our own community.  Our students, teachers, parents, and community members donate, time, food, and money to lend a helping hand where needed.

Now we are sharing information with you about a family in need, right here in our community - the family of one of our own teachers - the Johnson family.

As many of you know, Joanna Johnson (Unionville High School teacher), has two sons, Elliott and Henry, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and that means every car trip and every outing are increasingly challenging as the boys get older and the disease progresses.  

The Johnson’s helped start the Run for Our Sons, an annual spring fundraising event; however, at Joanna’s and Paul’s insistence, all the proceeds are used for Duchenne research; none of the proceeds go to the Johnson family.  However, now is a time when the Johnsons themselves could use a helping hand.  

It is now time for this family of givers to receive our help.  

Imagine how difficult it is when you can’t have your family just hop in the car and drive off to your destination.  Imagine having to transfer your children from their scooters into the car, and then load the scooters in the back of the car.  Imagine then having to do it all in reverse after arriving at your destination.  Imagine having to unload the scooters and transferring your children back to their scooters so they can enter their home.

Imagine the Unionville extended family and community donating enough money so the Johnson family could purchase a van to transport Elliott and Henry independently and safely.  As Elliott’s and Henry’s disease progresses, the need for a van that two wheelchairs can get into safely is not a luxury; it is a necessity. And the necessity needs to be filled now. So, imagine being a part of honoring this heroic, brave family who deserves our support.

Donations are now closed

Learn more about the Johnson’s story - video story at CBSPhilly.com

UPDATE:  Thanks to the efforts of the community over $60,000 was raised to support the Johnson Family.  The Johnson family shared this message.

YOU DID IT!  This amazing community showed up big and with all of the money raised we are shopping for a handicapped accessible van and hope to have it in our driveway this spring.  I am finding it incredibly difficult to find the right words to say thank you, but truly, there are no words to express our overwhelming gratitude for your generosity.  Every time I think about what this community has done, I am brought to tears by all of the people, near and far, current and retired colleagues, past and present students and their families from grades K-12, and so many people that I do not know or have never met who gave so selflessly and sent messages of encouragement and love. 

People often ask me how we stay so positive.  How can we possibly be down when we are supported over and over again by so many people? When you open your heart to the kindness of others, anything is possible. Your incredible kindness makes our hearts so very full.  Many blessings for you and yours for 2018.

Much love,
Joanna, Paul, Elliott and Henry Johnson