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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Johnny Roberts, community leader, benefit set to help fight against cancer


Last updated 8/8/2018 at 2:02pm


Johnny Roberts of Manzanita Ranch, left, leads a group of riders during Murrieta's 14th annual Veterans Day Parade Friday, Nov. 11.

Johnny Roberts, longtime community leader, Rotarian, Navy Veteran and director of Manzanita Ranch where the horses are the therapy for those suffering PTSD, needs the help of the community and friends.

Johnny, a beloved cowboy, is in a battle for his life in his fight against Stage 3 laryngeal cancer and a Benefit Concert is planned for the community leader Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Franklin's Cove in Murrieta.

Johnny always said, "Everything will be OK. I Promise," to Jill Roberts, his wife and co-director of Manzanita Ranch in 2006 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He was in remission for 12 years, but in July his cancer had returned.

Since then Johnny, according to Jill, has lost 50 pounds and now requires a feeding tube for nutrition. For the next 12 months he will get infusions of new drugs that will hopefully kill the cancer cells, but his primary insurance has denied coverage.

As a result, the benefit is set to help with the family. Appearing at the concert will be the Phoenix Patriot Band, playing from 7-9 p.m., JD Priest from 6-7 p.m. There will be a guitar raffle, donation opportunities and a 50/50 drawing at Franklin's Cove, 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road – all to benefit Johnny.

"Johnny has been a huge influence in the Temecula Valley to those who know hi He has given so much of himself to other and now its time for us give back to him," Jill says.

She said the surgeons told him the that his only hope of beating it a second time was to had voice box totally removed and live the rest of his life breathing through a home in his throat. But the couple kept digging for other options. Johnny has volunteered to be part of an immunotherapy clinical trial at Moores Cancer Center at University of California in La Jolla.

Now, his immediate treatments will require the pair to drive an estimated 15,000 miles extra miles over the next year to get the treatments. They will miss days of work and lose income in additional to living expenses. It will cost almost $200,000 to help pay for the medical expenses and defray some of the other expenses.

A Go fund me page has been set up at Checks and Gift Cards may be sent to Jill Roberts. P.O. Box 390960, Anza, CA 92562.


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