When the North Texas chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted a volunteer appreciation event at the Texas Legends in early February, Ray Johnston volunteered to sing Gold Bless America. He has a strong connection to LLS, being the 2012 Linda Adleta Heart of Gold Award winner at the Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show, but also as a blood cancer survivor.
Ray was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He played basketball for The University of Alabama and for the Dallas Mavericks until he was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2004 marking the end of his professional basketball career. Ray’s leukemia has relapsed 4 times but as of June 2011, he is beating the disease.
Ray taught himself to play guitar and thanks to basketball, he understands the importance of having top-notch teammates. Ray secured some of the best talent in the industry; hip-hop, jazz and soul heavy-weights Keith Anderson and Bobby Sparks to form the Ray Johnston Band.
Ray’s supporters; family, friends and strangers alike continue to help his dream grow into reality.