Jammin' for Joanna fundraiser features music, auctions, taco bar buffet

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Joanna Jones (Woody)

A Jammin’ for JoAnna fundraising event has been scheduled for Sunday, June 5 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Resort.

Music will be provided by Ryan Marchand and Double Chief, as well as the Sound Farm Band.

The event will include a dessert auction by local bakers, and a silent auction. Entry ticket enters you in a prize drawing.

A Taco Bar Buffet will be available for $15. RSVP is requested for food by calling the numbers listed below. A no-host bar will also be available.

Organizers have gathered auction prizes from community businesses, including a Mt. Shasta Ski/Board season pass, Britt tickets, Taiko tickets, a case of Infuzion Obsidian VII, Petite Syrah by Pietri Cellars (value $500), dinner for two at Bella Union, Sengthong’s, and many other fine restaurants, gift baskets from Trader Jo’s, Ace Hardware, and more.

Tickets are on a sliding scale from $5 to $20, sold in Mount Shasta at Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware, and Small Town Ink; and in Dunsmuir at Dunsmuir Hardware.

For more information, or to make a donation, or buy tickets contact Kit McCotter at 541-535-6201, Heike Tinney at 530-859-1561, or Gino Woody at 530-925-2968.

Check the Facebook event page for updates at www.facebook.com/events/199032500480845/?active_tab=posts.

A portion of all raised funds will be donated to the EHE Foundation, The Cleveland Clinic, and H.E.A.R.D.

Background for the event

JoAnna Jones (Woody) was diagnosed with EHE - Ja in March 2012. She was only 22 years old, starting a new life in Sacramento with her fiancé, (now husband) Christian Jones.

This is an extremely rare cancer that primarily starts on the liver. When JoAnna was diagnosed, she had it on her liver, in her lungs and on her skin. Now, four years later, it has spread to several areas of her spine.

There is very little known about this cancer, or how to treat it. JoAnna engaged in a clinical trial in 2013 at The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She took an experimental drug for nine months, staying there for the first three months, then traveling from Sacramento to Boston, once a month for the next six, finally stopping the drug, as it proved ineffective against this cancer.

In 2015, JoAnna was accepted by The University of Wisconsin Health Transplant Program and placed on a liver transplant list. Now at the top of the list, she is staying in Madison, Wis., waiting for the call.

After her transplant she will need to stay in Madison for two to three months. Once she is back in California, she is required to fly to Madison once a month, for monitoring and scans, for up to a year.

A group of JoAnna’s friends are organizing a fundraising event for JoAnna, to help defray the cost of travel and treatment, as well as the loss of work for JoAnna and her family members.