Joe prayed regularly to St. Jude Thaddeus, whom he called his patron saint. He saw in St. Jude's Medical Center tangible evidence of the power of prayer and faith in God . . . the miracle of a dream dreamed and a promise kept by its founder, Danny Thomas. To him, St. Jude's demonstrates the best of our human selves . . . kindness and compassion, humility and selflessness devoted to those on a difficult journey. This was a journey he experienced first hand in his later life, when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Walking that path as an adult brought him even closer to the mission of St. Jude's Medical Center. He couldn't imagine a child having to face a diagnosis of cancer.
In his memory, his children have established the Joseph N. Groomes, Jr. Memorial Fund to honor him, his battle with cancer, his courage and his remarkable faith.
Your generous donation and loving thoughts are a light of hope to St. Jude children and their families. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Many families come to St. Jude thinking that, like any other hospital, they will have to pay exorbitant costs to get their child the best medical care and treatments. But because of donations like yours, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything.
Your donations make this possible and give parents hope.
On behalf of the Groomes family, we deeply appreciate your donation in Joe's honor.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Karen, Joey and Patrick