We are very fortunate to have grown up in a wonderful, loving family atmosphere. Unfortunately, our father, David Johnson, was diagnosed with a progressive dementia at the age of 60 and we lost our mother, Susan Johnson, at the age of 64.
We want to promote and to keep alive the “life lessons” we have learned from our parents. As we share these values with our children, David and Susan’s grandchildren, we felt that there was a message that could be shared with others as well.
Helping Others sounds simple. It is. Over the years, we have had an enormous amount of support from family and friends throughout our community. When a family member is afflicted with one of these diseases, the help from others is essential to their quality of life.
Love, Support and Faith are the foundation of any family relationship. When a family is afflicted with progressive dementia or a related disease, anger is a normal feeling. Stress can also become overwhelming, resulting in a great test to the family bond. For some, it is harder than others. We believe that we have a responsibility to support others by sharing our own experiences.
Having Fun is a basic part of life. This is a part of life that those individuals with the disease and their family caregivers often miss. We strive to make our events and fundraiser's fun occasions. We think that this will contribute to the success of the foundation and to the well being of the people in which it serves.
David K. Johnson Foundation Charities
Proceeds from DKJ Foundation events benefit Sanborn Place & Home Care of Reading, Massachusetts, Sanborn Adult Day Services of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the David & Susan Johnson Memorial Scholarship.