Benefit to aid area native who's hit rough patch in life

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

A pancake and sausage supper benefit for Denise Johnson will be held Sunday, March 29 at the Filling Station in Bishop Hill, from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

The event will be hosted jointly by the restaurant, Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church and other friends and family.

Johnson is a single mother who has hit a rough patch in life. In August she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, stage 3 B. She began treatment in October and has undergone 25 external radiation treatments, four internal radiation treatments and six rounds of chemotherapy.

A 1979 Galva High School graduate, Johnson developed a blood disorder as a result of the cancer treatments and was hospitalized for two weeks. Just as she was beginning recovery, she had an emergency gall bladder surgery last month.

At the March 29 supper, a few articles will also be on display for raffle drawings. Some supplemental funding will be provided by the Thrivent for Lutherans organization.