About Chris Johnson “CJ”

August 8, 2016 / devchris /

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About Chris Johnson “CJ”

In June 2011, Chris became concerned with the consistent severe back pain and blood in his urine. He presented to the Emergency Room of a local hospital in Sugar Land, Texas for further diagnostic tests. The CT Scan revealed that he had a tumor within his right kidney that looked suspicious for cancer. Consequently, two weeks later, the affected kidney was removed. The results of the biopsy confirmed that Chris had a rare and aggressive cancer called Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC). He approached this diagnosis with one thought in mind, “Fight with Faith”. For 15 months, Chris kept a positive outlook on life…he was determined to beat this beast called “CANCER”. Every day was so different for him…sometimes he was in severe pain and other times he would experience nausea and vomiting or had difficulty breathing. Regardless of the situation, he continued to press through the disease process of the cancer and the side effects of the chemotherapy.  He impacted the lives of his family and friends in many different ways.  Whether it was cooking a gourmet meal for someone, offering advice or just hanging out...there was a special aura about him that drew people to him. While receiving treatments at MD Anderson, Chris noticed a lack of advocacy for Kidney Cancer and for sure RMC was unheard of.  Because of the lack of awareness of RMC, he wanted to establish a foundation that would focus on creating awareness of this type of cancer and educate individuals with the sickle cell trait to potentially understand the importance of early diagnostic testing. Additionally, he envisioned a collaborative educational partnership with hospitals, physicians, legislators and community organizations.  However, due to the progression of the cancer, Chris was not able to fulfill his dream of creating his foundation. During the early morning of September 20, 2012, Chris took his last breath with his mother at his side...he was no longer in pain. The memories of Chris (his smile and laughter) will forever live in our hearts. Chris  continues to live through his legacy, “The Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation Inc." , which was founded by his mother, Ritchie Johnson in April 2013. His DREAM is now a REALITY.