Benefit set to aid local who is battling cancer |

Benefit set to aid local who is battling cancer

Club Chelsea will host a benefit Monday for a 10-year Aspen resident who is battling cancer.

Victoria Johnson, a former model who ran a trunk show clothing business called Low Maintenance Clothing Co., was stricken with cancer 18 months ago. The benefit runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Hyman Avenue Mall nightclub.

Judi Francis, who is helping to organize the benefit, said guests may make donations toward Johnson’s medical expenses in several ways. Club Chelsea has donated a Christmas tree to the cause, and donors can make a donation to get an ornament to place on the tree. If donors and friends wish, they can attach messages to the ornaments, Francis said.

Angel pins will also be available in exchange for donations. In addition, products of Johnson’s new business will be on hand, Francis said.

Johnson embarked on the new business venture, called “Throws – by Caution to the Wind,” after starting treatment for cancer. She designs and sells fabric throws which are crafted of combinations of fabrics.

Throws that Johnson designs and sells will also be on display at the benefit, as will baskets of dried roses. These items can also be had in exchange for donations.

Johnson’s illness apparently began as breast cancer, but by the time it was discovered, it had already spread to her liver. She has had 14 rounds of chemotherapy, weekly gene therapy, brain surgery to remove tumors, full brain radiation, intravenous antibiotics to combat a rare bacterial infection, and numerous tests and diagnostic procedures.

Johnson, who now spends most of her time at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, will appear on Cynthia St. John’s “Good Morning Aspen” television show on Saturday, health permitting, Francis said. St. John will also assist with the benefit.

Last January, Johnson’s friends organized a benefit auction and dinner, auctioning donated jewelry, restaurant dinners and vacations.

For more information, or to volunteer to help with the benefit, contact Francis at 925-1055.

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