His Grace Foundation, the adoptive organization of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) of Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), was founded by Erin and John Kiltz after their youngest daughter, Gracie, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2 and began treatment at TCH. The Kiltz family was blessed with a strong support base of friends and family members who tended to their daily needs so they could focus entirely on Gracie's care. The Kiltz family soon realized that their robust team of helpers was an exception – for most families, there was a significant gap in services whose children were suffering from catastrophic illness. The Kiltzes determined to focus their efforts on providing physical, emotional and financial support to patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU), ensuring a legacy of hope and care for those HGF serves.
Designed to be “grace in the need of the moment,” HGF has steadily grown, increasing in services, volunteers and impact. HGF provides each new patient with a gift basket designed specifically for him or her, as well as necessities for family members, free parking for patient families, several monthly catered meals and weekly shopping. Additional services include emergency funding, educational support and scholarships, arts in medicine program, massage therapy, and holiday and birthday celebrations. In the last several years, the foundation has expanded to provide four homes for outpatient temporary housing while families are required to maintain close proximity to the hospital.
On September 19, Michael Caballero and I, Joancy Archeval Lao, will be participating in Run Houston! University of Houston 5K/10K. We chose to "walk for a cause" to benefit His Grace Foundation, a charity that gave our family hope and support during the bone marrow transplant treatment of our loving nephew, Joseph "Joey" Santiago. We lost our Joey to leukemia on May 29, 2019. His sense of humor, loving, and caring personality will forever stay in our hearts. Although Joey was only 10 years old, he was wise beyond his years; he loved and cared deeply for others, and even started his own charity to provide toys for children who had to be in the hospital during Christmas like he had to many times. His unconditional love, strength, and bravery made him stand out from the rest. He was the definition of a "hero". His life on earth was cut short, but we want to carry his legacy forever.
Contributing to our cause by clicking the "MAKE A DONATION" button on the left side of the screen or the "SPONSOR ME" button below, would give us a chance to continue Joey's legacy. Any amount would be great!
Thank you for your donations and for helping us carry his legacy forever.
|Donor||Donation Amount||Donation Date||Comment|
|Nancy Lao Colon||$30.00||9/14/2021|
|Nancy Archeval||$15.00||9/13/2021||Joey was a very special boy and very bright. I miss him a lot and I’ll never forget my nephew, and how brave he was.|
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