The David K. Johnson (DKJ) Foundation was created in 2000 in honor and memory of David and Susan Johnson of Reading, Mass., to promote awareness of and provide support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. David Johnson was diagnosed with progressive dementia at the age of 59 and he passed away in 2004. David’s wife Susan had passed away suddenly in 1999 while caring for her husband. This is an all-too-common occurrence for families living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
David and Susan’s children created the DKJ Foundation as a way to give back and help others dealing with this terrible disease. The foundation’s 12th annual golf tournament, held in August 2012 at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown Mass., raised $5,000 for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund among other charitable recipients.
In addition to the tournament, other DKJ fundraising events last year included a “cut-a-thon” at Lumina Salon at the Reading Street Faire, with proceeds earmarked for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund though the DKJ.