UNITED PATRIOT MISSIONS
MISSION 1: ISAAC STRONG!
September 30, 2018
UPM MISSION BRIEF #1: ISAAC STRONG!
Isaac Johnson is 4 years old. At the age of 2 he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. As a result, Isaac’s family has faced complex, intensive challenges. In addition to the psychological and emotional toll, the family’s financial income has been reduced from 2 to 1. In order to receive cancer treatments unavailable in Wisconsin, one parent travels with Isaac to New York once a month leading to family separation and uncertainty as the trip lengths are determined by Isaac’s response to the treatment.
Isaac’s father: Patrick. Isaac’s mother: Debbie. Isaac’s siblings: Tyler and Aiden.
Two of the most ardent local advocates for the family are Justin Stubbendick, a veteran, local police officer, and cancer survivor, and Jonathan Barthel, a civilian and attempted homicide survivor. They have a unique story of their own that bands them together in support of Isaac and his family.
To identify the family’s needs, meet those needs in hopes of reducing stressors they face in order to increase their quality of life, and contribute to Isaac’s, his siblings’, and his parents’ wellness. We will honor this family in remembrance of Sergeant Dan Thompson, who gave his life in Afghanistan during the Global War on Terror. In hopes of creating in real time an America worthy of such a profound sacrifice, Dan’s mother Lisa has signed on to help.
• Interview the family in order to gain an understanding of current needs and ideal states for the family
• Interview those supporting them in order to gain an understanding of current needs and ideal states for the family
• Deploy in search of resources to meet the Johnson family’s needs
• Consolidate gifts
• Present gifts in a ceremony honoring Dan Thompson’s life, Isaac, and his family
• Share this process on media that compounds our actions so that others beyond the local network can continue to support the Johnson family in the months and years to come