Joey’s Wings Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity, was established in 2014 in Gainesville, FL, in the memory of our son who was taken from us by childhood cancer on Nov. 26, 2014. It is seeking out and funding promising researchers and taking their findings from their laboratories into the clinic. Our mission is to support cutting edge research that focuses on kidney cancers affecting children and young adults, and to promote advocacy and education for parents. 100% of all donations made will be used towards research and treatment options, parents support and advocacy for developing less toxic therapies to treat kidney cancer among children and young adults.
Who We Support
In 2015, funds have been awarded to two institutes:
- The Johns Hopkins University
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
Wholegeno sequencing of tRCC tumors
Joey’s Wings Foundation Update
- Pediatric kidney cancer research
Joey’s Wings donates $3,000 to Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute for the study of anaplasia in Wilms Tumor, a childhood kidney cancer which affects approximately 500 children per year in the U.S. Researchers will use the funds to collect, develop, and validate several anaplastic WT primary tumor cell cultures and cell lines, genetically sequence them and look for unique biomarkers and mutations.
- Shared Hope
“Shared Hope – Art and Healing” opens on Jun. 29th – Aug. 5th at the Harn Museum of Art. This education display includes photographs by Joyce Pearson and Stacey Steinberg, as well as a communal origami project by Joey’s Wings that exemplifies the power of art to raise the spirit as a resource to illness, aging and death.
- Art show to benefit Joey’s Wings
10-year-old twins Max and Louis have their first solo art show in May at Okemos, Michigan. Max and Louis donate all the proceeds, $2,192, to Joey’s Wings Foundation. Max and Louis never met Joey, but were touched by Joey’s love of art. Thank you, Boyang Twin Brothers Art! Joey’s Wings Foundation wants to express a big heartfelt thank you for supporting childhood cancer research and awareness!
- 2nd Annual Joey’s Run
The 2nd Annual Joey’s 5k Run raised $20,000 for childhood cancer research! Behalf of all directors, Joey’s Wings wants to express a big heartfelt thank you to everyone for participating and supporting. The money we’ve raised will help us make advances in childhood cancer research and give hope to children and families who are still fighting the fight.
- Paper crane folding at UF campus
Six origami folding events are scheduled on campus with Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International – CPFI and PediaGators! We are looking forward to a fun afternoon of sharing, folding and childhood cancer awareness!
- Joey’s Wings Math Competition
Around 300 students from 3-12 grades in Alachua school district get together at Buchholz High School on Jan. 16 to compete for 90 trophies and 40 medals at the Joey’s Wings Math Competition. A big thank to Buchholz Math Team led by Mr. Frazer, for being a childhood cancer advocate! The competition raised $5,500 for childhood cancer research!
- Tree of life
We donated $1,500 value of toys and books to children battling cancer at Shands. We will donate another $1,000 of Lego boxes to Shands Children’s and the families at Ronald McDonald House Gainesville. We set up a Christmas tree in Millhopper Library, decorated with origami Christmas ornament.
- Upcoming fundraisers in November, 2015
Holiday is a busy season! We have 4 fundraisers coming up in November. We will sell handmade Christmas ornament in these coming events. All proceeds go to Joey’s Wings Holiday Toy & Book Drive for children with cancer.
Nov. 6th: Holiday Stop n’ Shop Jason’s Deli (Gainesville, FL) at 6pm,
6791 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, Florida 32605
Nov. 13th: Parents night out with O2b Kids at the Supercenter at 6pm
Nov. 21th: Craft festival at Haile Farmers Market (8am-noon)
Nov. 28th: Joey’s Wings String Quartet at the Haile Farmers Market
- Joey’s Wings Benefit Gala
September 19, 2015
Joey’s Wings hosted its very first benefit gala on September 19. It’s a violin and dance night, inspired by Joey’s love of violin. All proceeds go to tissue banking and patient registry of TFE renal cancer affecting children and young adults.
Moving to the…. BEAT!…..Childhood Cancer!
- 2015 childhood cancer awareness
September 1, 2015
2,072 origami cranes displayed in Shands Children’s Hospital raised $2,085 for childhood cancer research. Joey’s Wings is looking for other public places or business to display them after Shands’ Children’s. Childhood cancer awareness is for every month!
- Cranes for Cure
April 7, 2015
We are very excited to launch Cranes for Cure! Cranes for Cure is inspired by Joey’s love of origami. Cranes for Cure’s mission is to deliver origami cranes to pediatric cancer patients in Shands Children’s Hospital and to fund pediatric cancer research by selling origami crane strings and mobiles. We delivered the first group of origami cranes to the children on the oncology floor at Shands Children’s Hospital today. Our very talented volunteer, put the cranes into the sticks, easy for children to carry or they can put them into a container or hang them. We hope these origami cranes can uplift their spirit and bring hope. Flying beyond cancer!
- Joey’s Run
March 14, 2015
We raised $22,480 in Joey’s Wings’ very first fundraising event, a 5k run/walk. Thank you, our very first group of sponsors! Because of your generous donation, we can print more than 600 shirts. Thank you, Thomas Group Realty, LLC, James Moore & Co., CPAs, Pappas & Tapley Orthodontics, Bouncin’ Big, Florida Leisure Pool & Spa, Fit2Run-Gainesville, The Oaks Mall, Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. Chic & Unique Designs, By Shauna Edwards, Worthington Pediatrics and Millhopper Family Dentistry for your donation! Thank you, Lucky’s Market Gainesville, The Bagel Bakery, Trader Joe’s, Wards, Winn-dixie for donating the food! We will do better in 2016 Joey’s Run!