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Gainesville boy battling leukemia will be honorary Falcons captain Sunday
Emma Claire, 9, J.R., Riley, 6, and Molly Johnson pose for a photo at their Gainesville home Wednesday. J.R. and Molly Johnson said they are blown away by the support they have received from the community after Riley was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. - photo by Erin O. Smith/The Times
GAINESVILLE -- When Riley Johnson’s parents get discouraged over their 6-year-old son’s illness, he jumps in their laps and tells them everything is going to be OK. Riley was diagnosed in May with B-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer. He has been taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Scottish Rite hospital for chemotherapy once a week while also taking some treatments at home. The Gainesville boy’s smile and his consistently positive outlook continue to blow away Molly and J.R. Johnson.