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The Johnson Cancer Foundation-College Scholarships

The Johnson Cancer Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to help those in King and Pierce County affected by cancer attend post secondary education

The Johnson Cancer Foundation gives financial support of up to $4,000 to those students who have had or have been impacted by cancer, so they can attend any qualified higher education institution, vocation, technical, or community colleges.



The idea of a foundation started to percolate in 2011, when it became clear that finding educational scholarships not based on your income was literally impossible. This came to light in 2011 when I was diagnosed with CML, had multiple chemotherapy sessions and then a stem cell transplant. This hit our family’s pocket book very hard.
During this time my daughter was a junior at Bonney Lake High School and we needed to start applying for academic and financial need scholarships. Throughout the year, we were unable to secure financial need scholarships due to what our tax returns showed and not the reality of our current financial situation. The other issue was, since my daughter did not have cancer, she couldn’t qualify for those scholarships dedicated to cancer patients.

So, in 2015, I created the Johnson Cancer Foundation and the Kevin Patoc scholarship by assembling a strong group of individuals that will guide us on this very important journey.

Board of Directors – Gretel Patoc, Gail Gardner, Kerri Hubler, Suzanne Kipfer, Lynsi Slind, Sarah Collins, Don Larson, Don Morrison, Kevin Fitterer, Randy McKibbin, Melanie Roach
We are a group of individuals that have been affected by cancer and the impact that cancer has on a family. We are here to help students attend post secondary institutions by awarding scholarships based on reality.

You can apply online or if you have any questions, please e-mail us at

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