KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 29, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
A Katy cancer survivor was once given seven days to live and told he would unlikely father children. Now he can celebrate his son’s success on the Katy Tigers District Championship baseball team.
Johnny and Jack Johnson share a moment after a Tiger baseball game. Photos courtesy the Johnson Family.
Conquering Curve Balls
Katy’s Johnny Johnson is no stranger to curve balls. He was born with a broken collarbone and skull fractures that resulted in emergency surgery. His father left when he was two years old, and he lived all over due to military life. His love of baseball quickly filled a fatherly void.
“I was ‘that kid’ on the field, the small one, playing my heart out with boys much older than myself,” says Johnson.
At 21, Johnson was diagnosed with cancer, lymphoblastic, T-cell- stage 4 lymphoma and given seven days to live. He survived but was told he never would have children.
Today, his son captains the Katy Tigers baseball team that clinched the District Championship. The team continues their journey towards victory later this week.
Johnson Believes in Miracles
Johnson believes in miracles because he lives them. He defied the odds and survived cancer to go on to mentor fellow survivors.
For years, Johnny and his wife, Kayse wanted to start a family. After 14 years of infertility and seven failed artificial inseminations, they experienced the miracle of the natural birth of their son Jackson in 2002. Jack, 18, is now a senior at Katy High School.
“My dad has always taught me to be a fighter just like him and to do what I love to do most,” says Jack. For him, that is baseball, and the ballgame will continue for Jack in college. He will be attending Youngstown State University in the fall, where he received a scholarship.
$650K in Scholarships and Baseball Offers
Jack received a total of $650,000 in scholarships and baseball offers from multiple schools. Some of his scholarships include: Honors Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, and Academic Achievement Award.
Jack will be pursuing an engineering degree.
“I’ve always been naturally gifted in numbers and I love to take things apart,” says Jack.
Understanding his father’s struggles has impacted Jack’s work ethic in academics, athletics, and life.
'Tomorrow is Never Promised'
“I’ve learned never to take tomorrow for granted,” says Jack. “God has made today and today only. Tomorrow is never promised.”
“I have had the pleasure of getting to know a remarkable young man,” says head Katy High School Baseball Coach Tom McPherson. “Jack is a very courteous and respectful young man. Jack exemplifies everything it takes to be a student-athlete.”