Joey Santiago



His Grace Foundation

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 May 29, 2019 we lost our Joey to leukemia. 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. 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 to continue his legacy, we have chosen to walk 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.

Please click below for details. Thank you!








Event Donors Goal Progress
Run Houston! University of Houston Presented by Norton Rose Fulbright 10K, 5K, 1K
September 19 - October 31, 2021  4800 Calhoun Road Houston, TX 77004
Raised $460 of $1,000