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Mother Turns Pain Into Purpose

March 21, 2019 / John Ritchie / media

Pain into purpose: Mother who lost adult son to cancer starts awareness foundation POSTED 11:31 AM, MARCH 21, 2019, BY WEB STAFF, UPDATED AT 10:35AM, MARCH 22, 2019 https://cw39.com/2019/03/21/pain-into-purpose-mother-who-lost-adult-son-to-cancer-sickle-cell-starts-awareness-foundation/   Ritchie Johnson, President/Founder Chris Johnson Foundation with Sherron Melton, Achor CW39 and Maria Sotolongo, Meteorologist CW39.

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Rhianna Ferguson

February 5, 2019 / John Ritchie / media, Our Heroes

Rhianna Ferguson was 26 when she died of a rare type of kidney cancer called renal medullary carcinoma – doctors removed her kidney to try and beat the disease but it spread to her spine Heart-breaking tributes have flooded in for a mother who died from cancer after a two-year battle. Rhianna Ferguson was told […]

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African Sickle Cell News & World Report

November 1, 2018 / John Ritchie / media

Ritchie Johnson, President and Founder of Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation was featured in the African Sickle Cell News & World Report, October-December 2018 edition. Please click on the link below to read the articles. Sickle Cell News

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL 5K Keepin’ It Renal Run/Walk

October 8, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR OUR 6TH ANNUAL KEEPIN’ IT RENAL RUN/WALK ON MARCH 23, 2019 AT SUGAR LAND MEMORIAL PARK. ONLINE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE UP SOON. CREATING RENAL MEDULLARY CARCINOMA AWARENESS This is the main fundraiser for the Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation, Inc. It is because of our supporters that we are able […]

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Marlene Kravitz Shares Her Story About Losing Her Son To RMC

October 3, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media

Matthew Pennington, Age 37, lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Matthew was diagnosed with RMC in January of 2016 and passed away three months later.  His mother, Marlene has consented to sharing her story with other parents who may be faced with the same or possibly different catastrophic illness such as Cancer. Here is where her […]

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RMC Clinical Trials Available at MD Anderson Cancer Center

August 20, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media

Dr. Msaouel has prepared a trial schema for physicians to know the scheduling of the trial testing the combination of the proteasome inhibitor ixazomib (targeted therapy) with gemcitabine and doxorubicin. The links for the trial are:https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03587662  and https://www.mdanderson.org/patients-family/diagnosis-treatment/clinical-trials/clinical-trials-index/clinical-trials-detail.ID2018-0065.html MD Anderson now has two trials specifically designed for patients with RMC and renal cell carcinoma unclassified […]

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Dr. Pavlos Msaouel, MD, PhD

July 4, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media

Congratulations to Pavlos Msaouel, MD, PhD on your new appointment as Assistant Professor, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Msaouel received his medical degree from the University of Athens and has committed a portion of his time to researching Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC). He has graciously agreed to provide us with […]

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Jesse Johnson

June 12, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media, Our Heroes

Jesse was in and out of the emergency room for approximately two months due to pain and blood in his urine. A CT Scan was done in March 2017, which revealed a mass on his kidney due to an infection. He was discharged home with antibiotics. In April, he presented to the emergency room again […]

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“Mama I’m Tired” by Ritchie W Johnson

May 30, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media

Thirty-nine years into her nursing career, Ritchie Johnson was making plans to retire soon.  She dreamed of relaxing and traveling around the world. Until her youngest son, Chris, was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive, and fatal kidney cancer, known as Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) Ritchie placed her nursing career on hold so that she could […]

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Luis Nunez Diagnosed with RMC

April 23, 2018 / Kathy Dong / media

My name is Luis Nunez. I was diagnosed with RMC on September 2015 at the age of 28. I have two boys, a 10 and 12 year old. I am married and we live in Jacksonville, FL. I have been getting chemotherapy or some type of treatment every two to three weeks since I was […]

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