WESLEY | In June of 2017, after months of consistent coughing and not feeling well, Josh Johnson was diagnosed with an infection in his right lung. He was started on strong IV antibiotics. However, a week later, a CT scan showed this infection/mass was continuing to grow. He was then referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. On July 11, 2017, Josh was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma in his right lung.
A benefit committee has planned a soup supper to be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Wesley Community Center. A live auction and silent auction are both being planned for the benefit.
After further testing and biopsies, the doctors found the infection was inside the Lymphoma tumor. A chest tube was placed to drain the infection and IV antibiotics continued to get the infection under control. Josh then received his first cycle of R-CHOP chemo in August. Since that time, he has been diagnosed with a secondary cancer, Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma.
This cancer has proved to be very stubborn and Josh is currently undergoing his third type of chemotherapy. During the last number of months, in spite of being on antibiotics, the infection continued to rear its ugly head and has landed Josh in the hospital multiple times and usually for a week or two each time.
Throughout his treatment, Josh, who works at Gold-Eagle Coop in Wesley, has had to significantly decrease his hours at work and can only work intermittently, as treatment allows.
MaryJo, who works at Athletico Physical Therapy in Garner, has also had to decrease her hours at work to accompany Josh to appointments and hospital stays at Mayo Clinic.
Josh and Mary Jo are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Olivia (5) and Naomi (2).
To donate to either or both auctions, contact Ashleigh Mosher at McNeese Tire, in Britt, 641-843-3536.
Monetary donations can be dropped off at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank, Britt, and a GoFundMe page is available for donations online.