Randy Johnson lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 4, 2002.
The 49-year-old Macon man was an inspiration to his family, his sister, Pam Maloney said. “He had insurance to help with the medical bills, but our family was made aware that cancer treatment brings more financial burdens than just medical bills.
Pam said she remembers a story her brother, Greg told her about a trip to Houston, Texas that he had made with Randy for a cancer treatment.
“Greg told me that when they would go into a convenient store, Randy would always put money in a can displayed on a counter for certain fundraisers,” Pam said.
Although he lost his fight with cancer, the Johnson family knew there were others in the community dealing with the same obstacles.
A few months after Randy’s death the Randy Johnson Cancer Memorial Fund started.
“We were going to hold fundraisers and events to raise money for our organization,” Pam said. “Our goal, was to help cancer fighters in Macon County by giving them a token of financial support in Randy’s name.”
There are only two criterias needed to receive assistant from the memorial fund, unfortunately the person must must provide a certification letter confirming the diagnoses, and the person must live in Macon County.
The Randy Johnson Memorial Cancer Fund gave less than $3,000 to various cancer fighters the first year of its existence.
“We had no money to start out with so each member in our family gave $10,” she said.
This year, 2012, the Randy Johnson Memorial Cancer Fund has already given over $10,000, and it’s just June.
“We couldn’t do any of this if it wasn’t for the community,” Pam said. “Since the start, people have held fundraising events for our memorial fund, and memorials have been left in our name. It is unbelievable how the people in Macon County have come forward for cancer fighters. We had one lady who would write us a check each month for $25.”
“Recently an event was held for the memorial fund by a family who lost their father to cancer,” she said. “They told us their father thought a lot of our organization. It is very humbling to meet families who are dealing with the same ordeal we went through with our brother.”
Students at Macon High School held a “Think Pink” event during a home basketball game and raised over $4,500 for the Memorial Fund. Macon Women of Today held a “Girl’s Night Out,” event and donated $2,600 to the organization. The list of contributions go on and on.
“We don’t want to embarrass anyone, but we want cancer fighters to know the money is available for them,” Pam said. “The community has allowed us to help around 100 cancer fighters.”
Page 2 of 2 - Pam said on her refrigerator she has a photo of her brother with a Bible verse that reads, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.’