John “Cheeseburger” Witherspoon
Cheeseburger is not only know as an umpire or coach, but also as a mentor at 4 Corners Elementary School where he spends a few hours a week helping kids learn to read. He has been chronicled by local newspapers about his volunteerism, and as a hero to some. He is always doing what he can to make sure a child is successful, John “Cheeseburger” Witherspoon has dedicated his life to serve others, never asking for anything else in return but hard work and effort, and regardless of a win or a loss, a trip to Bob’s or Dairy Queen was is the future.
At the ripe age of “older than dirt”, Cheese is in need of some support. Cheeseburger has been dealing with an arrhythmic heart the last few years and doctors tell him he needs surgery, looking to get a pacemaker.
Cheese doesn’t ask for help, but approves it. With an estimated $80,000-100,000 in medical expenses and loss of income in the future we ask for the support of the Salem-Keizer community, or anyone who was ever we lucky enough to be called a “green horn” or “chicken lips.” If every person who has had experienced Cheeseburger, as a coach, reading teacher, friend, or even being ejected out of a baseball game, give just $10, Cheese would be provided with the greatest gift of all, an opportunity to keep doing what he loves; being a coach, mentor, umpire, mechanic, and joke teller extraordinaire that we have all grown to know, love, and appreciate. With as much gratitute a man can give, Cheeseburger says, thank you.