Johnson Runs to Help Cancer Patients

Three years ago, I received some distressing news from my doctor. I was told by my ophthalmologist at University Medical Center that I have glaucoma.
It can cause blindness, but can be treated.

Glaucoma runs in my family. My father had it. Although I have been healthy for most of my life, I decided to do more to maintain it and took up running.

I went to three people I know for help. They know about running. They know the health benefits and run with a purpose nearly every day.

Meridian physician, Dr. Ronnye Purvis, was willing to give me advice and training tips.

Since January, I have been training every day for a 26.2 mile marathon in Huntsville on Dec. 8. Mind you, I have never run more than the point 2 miles at best. But this effort is to raise money to raise funds to help families who are facing cancer.

Ironically, I didn't even like running. But making our area healthy for future generations is what I have been learning about.

Through a partnership between WTOK-TV, Jeff Anderson Regional Cancer Center and the Community Foundation of East Mississippi, you may support this effort by contributing to the Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund.

The Community Foundation notes that cancer patients face many challenges while undergoing treatment. Consider these expenses:

Nausea medication $25
Tank of gas for daily radiation treatments $40
Colostomy supplies $45
Case of feeding tubes (24 cans) $50
Pain patches $60
Lymphedema supplies (pump and sleeve) $140

One hundred percent of your gift is tax deductible and will stay in our community to help cancer patients with special needs during their course of treatment. All patients are screened by a licensed social worker from Jeff Anderson Regional Cancer Center.

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  • by Angela S. McDonald, MSN, CS, RN, FNP Location: Meridian, MS on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:50 AM
    Hats off to you for training for a marathon! At the end of your race, I hope your expectation of gratification is greatly exceeded!! Hope you will share your story on Newscenter !! Wish you the best...Angela S. McDonald
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