The signs are a way to show support and love for two year old Kicker Johnson and his family. Last week, little Kicker was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and is currently receiving treatment at Loma Linda University Hospital.
While out and about in the Mt. Shasta area, you may have noticed #TeamKicker or #KickerStrong signs and wondered what they mean. The signs are a way to show support and love for two year old Kicker Johnson and his family. Last week, little Kicker was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The signs and hashtag are the work of Mount Shasta's Leslie Johnson and Kainoa Ferguson, friends of Kicker's parents, Josh and Season, who are former residents of the Mt. Shasta area. The Johnsons will soon be moving from Mammoth Lakes to the Riverside area to be closer to Loma Linda University Hospital, where Kicker has just begun receiving treatment. “We are taking this crazy, scary challenge 15 minutes at a time, and your prayers have gotten us this far. Thank you!” said Season on Friday afternoon. On Wednesday, Kicker underwent general anesthesia for a spinal tap and to place a port. He has already undergone several rounds of chemotherapy, said Season, a nutritional therapist who is ensuring her son eats plenty of healthy and nutrient dense foods. So far, he hasn't experienced any of the painful side effects that are possible with the treatment, though he stopped walking on Thanksgiving. That's when his family knew there was something seriously wrong with the normally active and rambunctious Kicker. Following some blood tests, he was diagnosed with ALL in the first week of December. It's expected that Kicker will need weekly chemotherapy for the next six months, followed by regular chemo over a three year period. “We wanted to do something to show the Johnsons we care,” said Leslie about the TeamKicker hashtag. When people take a photo with the #TeamKicker chalkboard, they're encouraged to tag the family on Facebook and Instagram so they'll see the message of love and support. In addition, a Fundly site has been established for the Kicker, Josh (an officer with the California Highway Patrol), Season and four year old Selah. Money donated will be used for relocation costs and other incidental costs of Kicker's treatment. So far, more than 100 supporters have made donations through the site. “We thank everyone who has offered up incredible prayers, nutritious meals, and their willingness to help,” the family said on the Fundly site, which can be accessed at fundly.com/team-kicker-johnson. Friday afternoon, the Johnsons were celebrating because doctors agreed to soon release Kicker from the hospital so they can stay with Season's sister, who lives close by. Kicker said he's excited to see is big sister in a video posted on the “Team Kicker” Facebook page, which was established for people who want to follow his story and fight against cancer.