Area firefighters and paramedics are teeing off to help Mark Johnson as he’s receiving treatment for lymphoma.
A Hermiston native, Johnson has worked as a paramedic and firefighter in Hermiston with the Umatilla County Fire District for the past 18 years. In addition, he’s a member of the statewide Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which provides medical support at federal events and is deployed to help during hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Now, Johnson needs help from the community. Members of L-2752, the local firefighters union, invite area golfers to join them during the Mark Johnson Charity 4-Person Scramble Golf Tournament. Money raised will provide assistance to Johnson and his family as they have added expenses related to his cancer treatment.
The tournament is Sunday, Sept. 16 with registration from 8-10 a.m. at Big River Golf Course, 709 Willamette Ave., Umatilla. The cost is $65 per person and includes green fees, lunch, a raffle and prizes. In addition to the golf scramble, there will be contests for the closest to the pin and longest drive.
For more information, to donate raffle prizes, provide sponsorship or to register for the tournament, call Trevor Phillips at 541-561-8013 or send a message via the firefighters’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/L2752. To reserve a golf cart, call Big River’s clubhouse at 541-922-3006. Also, there is a GoFundMe campaign where people can make donations to help the Johnson family.