Sickle Cell Association of Ontario founder ‘very happy’ with achievements on 97th birthday

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario — the organization founded by Lillie Johnson 37 years ago — paid tribute to her on Saturday as she celebrated her 97th birthday. "As I look around [...]

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‘As I look around me now it seems as if I have done a special thing,’ Lillie Johnson said

Lillie Johnson, surrounded by family and friends, danced to the beat of a drum as she celebrated her 97th birthday on Saturday, March 16. (Garry Asselstine/CBC)

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario — the organization founded by Lillie Johnson 37 years ago — paid tribute to her on Saturday as she celebrated her 97th birthday.

“As I look around me now, it seems as if I have done a special thing for so many young people to be around me, and I enjoy them. So, that for me is a real accomplishment,” Johnson told CBC Toronto.

“Thank you Lord for this very happy and engaged life of mine throughout the years. [It] has paid off and I’m happy about that.”

 

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