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The Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation Inc., established in 2013, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit charity organization based in Sugar Land, Texas. Our mission is to find a cure fo Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) worldwide through awareness, education, and research. Our primary focus is on individuals with sickle hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell trait (SCT), who may be at risk for this rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer. In addition, the foundation offers emotional, spiritual and financial support to individuals diagnosed with RMC, and donate funds annually to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance RMC research.

Our vision is to establish partnerships with primary care physicians, urology specialists, oncologist, hospitals, news media, legislators and community based organizations. Collaborative multi-institutional efforts are needed to better understand the biology of RMC. Heightened awareness may potentially enable individuals with SCT to better understand the importance of pursuing early diagnostic testing.

WHAT IS OUR NEXT STEP?

There are many foundations and medical facilities conducting research on breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, etc., but very little on kidney cancer and specifically RMC.  There is a need to increase awareness in areas with high prevalence of sickle cell trait and other sickle blood disorders. We are advocating for a CHANGE.  It is our desire that individuals with sickle cell trait are informed of the potential risk of RMC.  It would be appropriate for individuals that are trait carriers and have persistent or recurrent renal symptoms to have radiological studies (CT Scan) and a comprehensive urinalysis.  Getting the word out is the greatest gift that I can give to my son.

We must work together to support the researchers, medical professionals, advocates and organizations dedicated to treating and curing this disease. To honor the memory of the loved ones that we have lost or that are fighting for their life, let us drive progress to enhance cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Together we will emerge stronger and with renewed hope for a better future!!!!

Please share this website with others and like us on Facebook.  We need a village to get on board.

Board of Directors:  Ritchie W Johnson, President/Founder; Marc Johnson, Executive Director; Angela Hawks-Johnson, Director/Secretary

Medical Advisors: Nizar Tannir, MD, FACP, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Pavlos Msaouel, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

LATEST NEWS

Chris Johnson

Chris S. Johnson was born in Houston Texas to Charles and Ritchie Johnson on November 18, 1972. Chris was diagnosed with RMC in June 2011 and loss his battle 15 months after diagnosis.  Chris received most of his care in Sugar Land at MD Anderson Cancer Center under the guidance ...
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David Anderson

David W. Anderson was born in Newburgh, New York on December 29, 1973. David was diagnosed with RMC in June 2014.  David fought hard through this journey and never complained. He continued to run his land development company while continuing to spend time loving and enjoying his family and friends. David ...
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Our First Scholarship Recipient- Divinshia Jackson

The Chris CJ Johnson Foundation Inc. is proud to announce Divinshia Jackson as the first recipient of a $500.00 scholarship. Divinshia was inducted into the National Honor Society in December 2015 and is a 2016 graduate of BF Terry High School. As a young girl, Divinshia had the passion of ...
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Highlights of the 3rd Annual Keepin’ It Renal Run/Walk

This year's Annual Keepin' It Renal 5K Run/Walk that was held in Sugar Land Texas May 21, 2016 raised $8,631.95. Because of our supporters we were able to donate $3000.00 to MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance RMC Research; $500.00 Scholarship to Divinshia Jackson, a 2016 graduate of BF Terry ...
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William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation- Host 1st RMC Meeting

On April 21-23, 2016, the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation supported the first focus group meeting on Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) in Nashville Tennessee. The Forbeck Foundation supports collaborative work to advance the development of cures for cancer; particularly rare cancers that affect children. To enhance knowledge about RMC, Drs. Rathmell ...
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3rd Annual Keepin’ It Renal 5K Run/Walk May 21, 2016

The Chris "CJ" Johnson Foundation, Inc will be hosting the 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk at Sugar Land Memorial Park on May 21, 2016. We are hoping that at least 400 people will come out and support our event as we take to the streets of Sugar Land for the 3rd ...
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Benefit of End-Stage Chemotherapy Is Questioned

It is an excruciating question for cancer patients with a prognosis of only months to live. Should they try another round of chemotherapy? Guidelines for oncologists say no for very sick patients, those who are often bedridden and cannot handle most daily needs themselves. But for patients who are more ...
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Update on the 2nd Annual Keepin’ It Renal 5K Run/Walk

Our 2nd Annual Keepin' It Renal 5K Run/Walk was re-scheduled from May 30th 2015 to June 27th, 2015 due to inclement weather and the rising water of the Brazos River.  Overall we had a successful event with 325 people that either registered for the event or donated to the cause ...
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2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk May 30, 2015

The Chris "CJ" Johnson Foundation, Inc will be hosting the 2nd Annual Keepin' It Renal 5K Walk/Run on May 30th, 2015 at Sugar Land Memorial Park - Large Pavilion which is located at 15300 University Blvd, Sugar Land Texas 77479. More details are to follow. Last year was a huge ...
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