Team Big Jim Captain. Mayor of Bike MS Rider Village. Coach. Brother and Uncle. Husband to Margaret. Father to Meghan, Lindsey, Adriana. These are just a few of the descriptors Jim Johnson responds to. A Seattle native and lifelong resident of the Magnolia neighborhood, Jim has been a fixture in his community and at National MS Society events for many years.
His Walk MS team, Team Big Jim, got off to a roaring start in 2014, complete with surprise matching blue and white “Team Big Jim” t-shirts, ordered by his daughters. Now in its fifth year, Team Big Jim has raised over $30,000 and has close to 60 members. Jim has also been a fixture at the Walk MS and Bike MS finish lines – cheering on the final few to cross – even if it means meeting those struggling to finish where they are and encouraging them while he completes the course with them. Since his MS diagnosis in 2011, Jim has connected many of his friends, family and coworkers to the Society. Whether through his fundraising efforts, sharing information on Society services, lobbying for healthcare access in the halls of Olympia, or dispensing advice he learned at a Society program to others affected by MS, Jim’s goal has always been to help others.
Jim is a Facilities Manager at Boeing where he has proudly worked for 31 years. In addition to raising awareness for multiple sclerosis, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and beloved service dog, Fitter.