JTF expands to Gray County

The Joseph Thomas Foundation was established in 2007, by John and Erin Thomas after the loss of their 6 year old son who was born with multiple medical complications. While the big expenses of Joseph’s conditions were covered by Medicaid, it was the constant barrage of little expenses that whittled away at their ability to simply survive financially. John and his wife felt a calling to help other families on a similar path. They started their non-profit, The Joseph Thomas Foundation, in honor of their son to help medically fragile children and their families by helping cover expenses not covered by Medicaid and/or insurance.

They began by helping a few children a year, and in doing so, it helped them as grieving parents. Through the grace of God and continued support of friends and the community, the Joseph Thomas Foundation has exceeded all expectations. They have helped over 100 kids with over $100,000. The foundation has expanded their service area throughout northwest Texas.

JTF helps children from birth through high school with:

Making their family vehicles wheelchair accessible.

Surgery expenses and prescriptions.

Leg braces and wheelchairs.

Helping with treatment costs for cancer and cerebral palsy.

Receiving ABA and Equine Therapy and much more.

JTF’s service area has grown from a few of Abilene’s surrounding counties to 101 Texas counties. This paper’s readership counties are all included. If you have, or know of, a medically fragile child that needs help, please go online to www.JosephThomasFoundation.org or keep in touch with JTF at www.facebook.com/JTF2007/

How can JTF help?

The foundation has storage facilities located in Abilene, Lubbock, Wichita Falls and Weatherford, where donated medical supplies, supplements, and equipment can be donated. The Facebook page posts items available. If you have a need, you can fill out a Closet Request on our website.

The foundation takes applications for assistance for equipment, therapy, or supplies through a form located on their website. Any questions concerning the application can be answered with a phone call.

The foundation holds two main events a year for medically fragile children and their families. A Triathlon in February at PrimeTime in Abilene, and a Biathlon in November at Film Alley in Weatherford. Families can play miniature golf, Skee ball and bowl at these free events.

If you would like more information on the Joseph Thomas Foundation, or would like a speaker for a club or event, or would consider donating, please visit our website or email Meagan Kirk at meagan@josephthomasfoundation.org.

Roenna Thomas

Board Member and Joseph’s Grandmother

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