UW Men’s Basketball Starter Brad Davison Comes to Event in Support of #IsaacStrongWisconsin in Janesville, Wisconsin Even After Playing a Game in Ann Arbor, Michigan Earlier That Day

On February 9, 2019, Active Duty members of the Armed Forces, Veterans, and a myriad of First Responders from the City of Janesville, Rock County, and Walworth County gathered at Janesville Craig High School to honor the memory of Sgt Dan Thompson who gave his life in Afghanistan 2009 during the Global War on Terror. They were also there to celebrate three Janesville Craig Students named Claire Mikkelson, Taylor Salmon, and Sam Smith who raised nearly $20,000 for a family in their city battling pediatric cancer. They had the emphatic support of their Principal Dr. Alison Bjoin and Janesville Police Department School Liaison Officer Brian Foster.

Also present was Cancer Survivor, Combat Veteran, and Janesville Police Officer Justin Stubbendick and his friend Jon Barthel, whose life Justin helped save after Jon was attacked during an attempted homicide. Justin and Jon have made Isaac’s Fight against pediatric cancer, Their Fight. They have tirelessly stood at the side of the Johnson Family to ensure they are supported through it all.

Earlier that same day, University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Team Starter Brad Davison played a basketball game in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As soon as his responsibilities to his team concluded, he made his way to Janesville to help ensure that Isaac’s family knew they had his support as well. He also gave a hug and some kind words to Dan Thompson’s mother who was moved to tears by his kindness. Joe Hedstrom, another member of the UW Men’s Basketball Team, also made the trip with Brad.

In my opinion, no family facing the staggering burdens of dealing with pediatric cancer should ever have to face crushing financial burdens as well. They are to be encircled with the most powerful and notable among us who help them bear their burden, who encourage them in their struggle, and who take the time to bring awareness to how we can help and support them. It was one of the honors of my life to be a small part of ensuring this family’s financial burden was a little bit easier so they can focus on making the most of every moment with their beautiful child. It was one of the honors of my life to help ensure that the mother of a young man who gave his life during voluntary military service would know that her son’s legacy will live on the hearts and minds of everyone present in that gymnasium as well as in those who read and share this post.

The Janesville Craig basketball team won the game that night, and the student body broke out in a self-initiated chant of Isaac Strong! Isaac Strong! In that gymnasium on February 9, 2019, an America worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen happened. I am honored to have witnessed it, and to share it with you here.

My name is Ben Biddick, the Executive Director of United Patriot Missions. Help me and my team make more moments like this a reality.

Learn how you can support and encourage Isaac at the Facebook Page: @IsaacStrongWisconsin. Learn more about Veteran Owned United Patriot Missions at www.unitedpatriotmissions.org!

An Incredible Night at Janesville Craig High School in Honor of #IsaacStrongWisconsin and Sgt Dan Thompson

Stay tuned for an array of video and photography documenting an amazing night at Janesville Craig High School on February 9, 2019!

United Patriot Missions pairs veterans and noble civilians together to do good works in honor of fallen service members in order to create an America worthy of the fallen. What a tremendous night where we fulfilled our commitment to this vision with Mission 1!

#IsaacStrongWisconsin we honor you!

Sgt Dan Thompson we honor you!

#IsaacStrongWisconsin, UPM, and Amazing Janesville Craig High School Students Pep Rally

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!

Be there Feb 9, 2019 at approximately 7pm at the boys basketball game! Learn more at United Patriot Missions and www.unitedpatriotmissions.org!

Isaac Strong Wisconsin at Janesville Craig High School Pep Rally

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Martin Luther King Day Message from Ben Biddick, Executive Director of United Patriot Missions

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.

#IsaacStrongWisconsin Call to Action for Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their Families

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 by cancer.

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.

Join us. Honor us with your presence. Honor them for their sacrifice.

Learn more at www.unitedpatriotmission.org!

Sgt Dan Thompson

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#IsaacStrongWisconsin with Janesville Craig High School Student Council

Janesville Craig High School

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.




Sgt Dan Thompson

#IsaacStrongWisconsin Update January 12, 2019

Photo Taken at Janesville Craig High School January 11, 2019
From Left to Right: Ben Biddick, Janesville School Resource Officer Brian Foster, Taylor Salmon, Claire Mikkelsen, Janesville Craig High School Principal Dr. Alison Bjoin, Sam Smith, Janesville Police Officer Justin Stubbendick

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

United Patriot Missions Message to Staff at American Family Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Department

-Madison, Wisconsin. December 24, 2018.

Here is a message prepared for the amazing staff of the Pediatric Oncology Department at American Family Children’s Hospital. Thank you, Dr. Ken Desantes and Nurse Manager Carrier Cronk who were kind enough to let us bring their staff a warm meal this holiday as they serve #IsaacStrongWisconsin and others.

Thank you for allowing us to bring you a warm meal during your shifts this holiday. United Patriot Missions is an organization that pairs veterans and civilians together to do good works in honor of fallen service members. Our most recent mission is to support Patrick Johnson and Debbie Piccione-Johnson and their sons Tyler, Aiden, and Isaac as they battle neuroblastoma together.

It is our honor to be here with you in this moment and to give you this gift. Just as many service members are currently in distant corners of the earth battling to create the security necessary for our nation to exist and thrive, you are here on the holidays…away from your own families…serving and supporting families who are battling to exist and thrive. So we consider it an honor to be here in your presence, to bring you a warm meal, and to celebrate the miracle of life. We’ve brought you a meal that we hope will warm and nourish you as you serve the children and families here and to let you know that your sacrifice and service does not go unnoticed.

We’ve also brought you yellow shoe laces as part of our campaign to support Isaac and his family. We’ve been encouraging people to wear yellow shoe laces in honor of Isaac and his bravery, to snap a photo of themselves wearing the #yellowlaces in their footwear, and to post the images on Facebook, tagging IsaacStrongWisconsin so that Isaac and his family will know how many people Isaac inspires every day and that in less than 5 years of life, Isaac has positively impacted more people than many impact in their entire lifetime.

We take all of these actions in honor of Sergeant Dan Thompson, who made the ultimate sacrifice February 24, 2009 in Afghanistan during his service in the United States Army. We are grateful that his mother Lisa has given us permission to take these actions in honor and memory of her son Dan. We seek to create an America worthy of his sacrifice. We believe that by serving the Johnson family and the staff at Madison Children’s Hospital, this is the kind of America Dan would create himself and an action he would take without question. So we become his hands and his thoughts this holiday by bringing this gift to you seeking to continue his legacy of selfless sacrifice and service.

So thank you and please enjoy…

Learn more about how you can partner with us or help the Johnson Family at Isaac Strong and www.unitedpatriotmissions.org

#IsaacStrongWisconsin at American Family Children’s Hospital

-Madison, Wisconsin

Thank you Dr. Kenneth Desantes and Carrie Cronk, Nurse Manager in the Pediatric Cancer Department at American Family Children’s Hospital who made it possible for us to bring a warm meal to the staff working during the holidays and serving the Isaac Strong family!

We also left the staff some #yellowlaces so they can help encourage and inspire others during their service of families battling pediatric cancer in honor of Isaac!

Thank you to the anonymous donor who joined United Patriot Missions in providing the meal. We were happy we were able to visit briefly with Patrick and Isaac and wish them well as they hope to get home soon to celebrate the holidays.

Learn more about how you can help at Isaac Strong and www.unitedpatriotmissions.org.