HUDSON FALLS Shiela Johnston’s friends and relatives were shocked in fall 2012 when she was diagnosed at age 41 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — as the vibrant, healthy woman was already committing her time and energy taking care of her six children.
But family friends and members of their church were heartbroken a few weeks later when Shiela’s 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with the same life-threatening illness.
Since then, the two have undergone intensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and their recent prognosis is very favorable.
Over the past year, their medical bills have mounted while Shiela’s husband Darell has worked long hours to support the family. Friends and parishioners have pitched in, providing care for the couple’s children, who now range in age from 2 years old to 16. The Johnstons are former residents of South Glens Falls.
Thursday Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Hudson River Music Hall is holding a benefit concert for the Johnston family to help pay for the ever-mounting medical bills and living expenses. Shiela Johnston is the daughter of Lois Matthews Coletti, Glens falls-based artist.
The concert lineup features noted regional singer-sonwriters, including Jonathan Newell, Marc Clayton, Alan Dunham, Linda Fait, Tom Brady, Kim Skoll, and Andy Houtman.
All are welcome at the event, which is to include light refreshments, a 50-50 raffle, and plenty of good socializing. Suggested donation at the door is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors. For details, see: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/q523/new-york-benefit-for-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-shiela-hailey-johnston.