Established in 2000

Johnnie Sue O’Neill inspired strength, courage and love in every life she touched. Deaf since birth, she reveled in her special ability to communicate her determination and grace to those around her. Johnnie Sue did not wish to hear; she wished for the deaf to be heard. At age 15, she was stricken with bone cancer and seized the opportunity to inspire a new audience of people by enriching the lives of her caregivers and fellow patients. Her cancer in remission, Johnnie Sue returned to high school at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville, KY, where she graduated valedictorian of her class in 1995. She continued her studies at Gallaudet University and Eastern Kentucky University before her passing in February 2000 at age 23. In honor of her faith and courage, Johnnie Sue O’Neill’s family established this Fund to benefit members of the deaf community.