Check out #IsaacStrongWisconsin at Janesville Craig High School during a pep rally recently celebrating the amazing service of Claire Mikkelson, Taylor Salmon, and Sam Smith as they led Janesville Craig High School in raising more than $10,000 for the Johnson family who are battling pediatric cancer. Isaac’s favorite Super Hero Batman even showed up!
Watch this video and learn more about our event at 7pm on February 9, 2019 at Janesville Craig High School 401 S Randall Ave just prior to the National Anthem where we will honor the Johnson Family, Sgt Dan Thompson who gave his life during military service to protect our nation, those who have been affected by cancer in their lives, and everyone who is ensuring that the Johnson family’s financial stress is relieved as they already face the tremendous challenge of facing pediatric cancer.
Join us and be part of a movement where communities band together to ensure that the suffering in their community do not bear their burdens alone but are surrounded, supported, and strengthened in their adversity. Life is too short to wait for someone else to do it. Let’s take action and do the good we can do in the opportunity of each day. Look what happened when 3 young people took Isaac’s suffering to heart and mobilized their hearts and minds on his behalf! They’ve rallied an entire community!
On this Martin Luther King day, I want to express my intention and commitment to creating an America that treats every person, regardless of differences, humanely during every phase of their life. When we embody this in our personal interactions in our daily lives, it becomes our federal, state, and local reality. It becomes our foreign policy. By becoming this reality in our actions, the arguing rage subsides, because we become what we want. Please recognize that if you are breathing and conscious today, you possess immense power to create massive impact in your own life and those lives you touch each moment of every day regardless of what contrary messages you receive in any form of media. Not only on Martin Luther King day, but every day, it is my hope that the American flag will be a symbol of a society that embodies respect, compassion, equality, and unity for all.
Military, Veteran, and
First Responder Outreach in Support of Isaac Johnson, a 4-year-old from
Janesville Battling Neuroblastoma Cancer
Military members, Veterans, First Responders, and all family
members! On February 9, 2019, at Janesville Craig High School we want you to
join us at 7pm! Come in full uniform and be early if possible! During the
National Anthem we are filling the Janesville Craig High School with a show of
unity and solidarity on behalf of 4-year-old Isaac Johnson who is battling
neuroblastoma pediatric cancer, his family, and all families who have affected
United Patriot Missions pairs veterans and noble civilians together to create the kind of American worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen. We believe that by honoring and supporting this family fighting for the life of their child is what fallen Army Sergeant Dan Thompson would want. He gave his life in Afghanistan in 2009 during his military service for our freedom. Invest a moment of your life and freedom by showing up, saluting, and supporting this family and all families affected by cancer. Be a part of this movement that leaves no suffering family behind, that stands at their side, that never quits, that never fails. It begins February 9, 2019, at Janesville Craig High School during the National Anthem.
Honor us with your presence. Honor them for their sacrifice.
Such an honor working with such incredible people. Three amazing Janesville Craig High School students named Claire Mikkelson, Taylor Salmon, and Sam Smith led the way with their Principal Alison Bjoin and members of the Janesville Police Department to raise more than $10K for the Johnson Family as they shoulder the toll and cost of battling pediatric cancer.
Thank you Veteran, Cancer Survivor, and Janesville Police Officer Justin Stubbendick for sharing the life, service, and sacrifice of United States Army Sergeant Dan Thompson who gave his life for our nation in February 2009 during military service in Afghanistan during this event. Dan’s memory and legacy now lives on in the minds and hearts of an entire generation in Janesville, Wisconsin.
If you’re questioning whether there is good in the world or overwhelmed by challenges and adversity, I would like to share something that may provide you with some comfort and inspiration. I am inspired by this group here. There are also many other people who have partnered with this group who are tagged in this post on United Patriot Missions’ social media that I am acknowledging as well. Let me explain why.
Included in this group is Veteran, Cancer Survivor, and Janesville Police Officer Justin Stubbendick. On a call for service in the City of Janesville, he met a man named Jonathan Barthel who had severe injuries after being attacked. Justin helped save Jonathan’s life, and they became friends. Justin saw firsthand Jonathan’s will to live as he sought to overcome his injuries. I had the honor of being present when Jonathan surprised Justin with the news that after 5 years of rehab and perseverance, Jonathan had been approved to again fly aircraft as he had done prior to the vicious attack that nearly killed him.
Justin and Jonathan saw this same will to live and thrive in a young boy in their community named Isaac Johnson. Isaac was 2 when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. He is now 4 years old and has endured 1 bone marrow transplant, 2 stem cell transplants, and more than 30 rounds of chemo and radiation. Their allegiance to the family was immediate, and they have tirelessly sought to serve and support this family through it all.
Recognizing that Isaac was a future Janesville Craig High School Cougar, the Principal of the school Dr. Alison Bjoin, the School Resource Officer Foster, and three amazing Craig students joined Justin and Jonathan to help. Claire Mikkelsen, Taylor Salmon, and Sam Smith have worked tirelessly to rally the entire student body of Craig High School and the entire community around the Johnson family as they have grappled with the challenges of facing pediatric cancer. These young people’s efforts and passion has been awe-inspiring. It is comforting and exciting to know what is possible when we take a little time each day to build one act of good on the other. Each moment and action builds upon the other and soon the momentum creates something larger than we may anticipate.
This team’s collective efforts have raised more than $10,000
dollars for the family to help them with their medical costs. This team helped not
only raised awareness to a family suffering in their community but mobilized that
awareness into an entire community’s actions that have provided practical
results, lifting the family’s spirits in their time of need with contributions
of time, energy, and resources.
They are a credit not only to themselves and their school, but to the State of Wisconsin and the entire Nation. They have created a world that comes to the aid of the suffering and created a reality where life is valued beyond words. They did it in the hallways of their high school, the neighborhoods in their city, and in the social media where we share our lives. I am honored to stand in their company, to have observed their brilliant work, and to have created an America I am privileged to experience. What will you do today to help alleviate the suffering in your community, in your workplace, in your homes and hallways, in yourself? What kind of America will you create in the precious moments of time you’ve been given?
United Patriot Missions takes all of our actions during this mission to serve Isaac and his family in honor of Sgt Dan Thompson, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan in February 2009.
To learn more go to @IsaacStrongWisconsin or @UnitedPatriotMissions on Facebook or www.unitedpatriotmissions.org