EVENT DATE: Apr 08, 2018
un·daunt·ed (adj) - not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.
This word is the epitome of Larry Johnston, the person who takes on any challenges without fear. His mindset and outlook led him to accomplish numerous tasks, both personally and physically. He hiked the John Muir Trail in 10 days (and wrote a book about it), climbed the tallest points of all 50 states (yes... this includes Denali in Alaska!), and cycled across all the western states and western Canadian provinces. He has served numerous leadership roles in Mono County including county supervisor. His creativity has become a staple in the Mammoth Lake's 4th of July parade with his elaborate, man-made floats made from wood, cardboard, and paint. Each year, the parade floats would be based on a famous movie including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jaws, and many more! Not only did he coach little league, but he also served as president of Mono County little league. Larry lives to be a part of nature and his local community.
In early June 2017, Larry was out for a round of golf in Sedona, AZ when he experienced symptoms affecting mobility on his left side. After a visit with the doctor, he was diagnosed with a hemorrhage stroke. He and his family thought they caught it early enough to get it treated. It was a matter of fixing the blood clot and getting through physical therapy. Unfortunately, it was not the case after an MRI scan was conducted. What we thought was a blood clot turned out to be a tumor. Larry has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
About a week later, he underwent surgery at UCSF to remove the tumor. We are happy to announce that the doctors believe they removed most of the cancer. As relieved as we are, we know we have a long journey ahead. Along with intensive physical therapy, Larry will begin chemo and radiation therapy. We remain hopeful that with today's technology that he has the chance to fight yet another physcial and personal challenge. This is where your support is greatly appreciated...
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Cancer doesn't just affect the patient, it also impacts family and communities. It's times like these where we come together as a collective to appreciate one another. It opens our eyes to show gratitude for the life we live and for the people that make our life worthwhile.
Larry, we love you and we fight this battle with you. We stand with you fearless... undeterred... undaunted.