Letters to the Editor

They were wrapped in love

We would like to personally thank the people of Friday Harbor for their love and support during Matt’s battle with MDS/leukemia.

Although we were not able to attend the benefit dinner/auction/dance May 17, we were touched deeply by the stories of the evening.

Thank you to the group of friends and family that poured their heart and soul into organizing this event. Your time and energy will not be forgotten. The evening could not have been a success without all the generous donations. The auction items were remarkable and the donated time, talent, food, drinks, flowers and many other items are so appreciated.

To each of you that attended and supported us by purchasing dinner or participating in the auction, words cannot adequately express our gratitude.

As we continue our fight for Matt’s health, we will carry with us the love, kindness and prayers sent from the community of Friday Harbor.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Matt and Jackie Johnson
Lake Stevens

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Throughout the years, Margaret and I have participated in many fundraising activities. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever anticipate attending one for our family.

As it happened, the night of the Fun Raiser also marked the beginning of Matt’s chemotherapy, the saddest and scariest day in our lives for us all. So, as Margaret, Ben and I approached the evening, we had to emotionally gather ourselves, not knowing how we would do. We’d decided beforehand that we needed and wanted to stay together so that we could help one another keep our emotions in check.

As we walked through the door, we found ourselves wrapped in LOVE. There’s just no better way to describe it. With the warmth that was displayed, our fears and sadness soon evaporated in a sea of hugs, words of encouragement and kisses. The evening was so event-packed, so successful in fund raising and there were so many of you there to support us that we regret not having been able to talk with you all.

We can’t thank you enough for what you’ve given us. Those who planned, staged, donated, bid and bought, provided food, served food, stayed for dinner, made Matt’s quilt, signed signature blocks, sang, photographed, set up, cleaned up, played music and danced with us (I believe we have photos — ha!) will stay in our hearts forever.

Thank you to you all for just being there. We love you all and we know how fortunate we were to have made all of you our neighbors so many years ago.

The Johnson Family
San Juan Island

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We have been humbled by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for our family.

We appreciate all the effort and generosity extended to Matt and Jackie during this difficult time.

Rick and Karen King & Family

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