At Joy Cone Company, we believe in bringing people together to experience joy. This is why we are pleased to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help support their life saving mission: Finding cures, Saving Children®.
We have created a learning opportunity for your child and an opportunity to give to a great cause. These four brave kids and their families have been faced with the unthinkable. Through their enduring strength and ongoing spirit, they have created artwork that you and your families can color and enjoy with your favorite Joy Waffle Cone.
In 2020, Joy Cone will donate $100,000 to St. Jude to support its mission: Finding cures. Saving children®.
To find ways that you can contribute, please click here for more information.
Tammy’s given name is Tam, which means “heart” in Vietnamese. “Not the physical heart, but the heart that resides in a being,” explained his dad, Tien. “I chose it because I felt like he would somebody who will understand people’s hearts well.”
In June 2017, Tammy’s parents, Tien and Alice, learned their son had a brain tumor called an anaplastic ependymoma. After Tammy underwent surgery to resect the tumor, his parents turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for Tammy’s treatment.
“As soon as we arrived at St. Jude, everyone was so welcoming. The care is amazing. From the shuttle drivers to the doctors to the staff, we’ve just been taken care of so well,” said Tien.
Tam is now finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular checkups. He loves playing with his two younger sisters, going to the park and making crafts. “St. Jude gave me hope for Tam, more days with Tam,” said Tien. “They gave us hope for his future.”
As a giggly, girly 5-year-old, Alana was at school one moment and at the emergency room the next, with a pain in her side that proved to be caused by a tumor on her pelvis. Alana had Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
Referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® from Puerto Rico, she received surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy – and her whole family received the “peace and light,” said her mom, Saide, that comes with hope and compassion. “Everybody at St. Jude is filled with kindness,” she said.
In November 2019, Alana, now an outgoing and artistic teen, returned to St. Jude after a recurrence of cancer. While in treatment, she finished 8th grade though St. Jude’s school program, and her school back home held a virtual graduation ceremony for her.
St. Jude will continue to keep a close eye on Alana, with checkups every four months.
Bridget was supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® even before she was diagnosed with cancer. Inspired by a friend who suffered a brain tumor, Bridget helped her mom Jamie and her fitness club raised more than $20,000 during the 2017 Life Time® Ride for a Reason.
“Bridget danced and held up a sign saying, ‘I want to help all the children with cancer,’” Jamie recalled.
In February 2018, Bridget’s family learned she was one of those children. After complaining of intense pain where she’d been kicked in the shin during soccer practice, Bridget was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
At St. Jude, she received chemotherapy and underwent surgeries that included amputation of her right leg below the knee. With the help of a prosthesis, she rode beside her mom in this year’s Ride for a Reason event.
“Our lives at St. Jude cost us nothing,” said Jamie. “We’re able to focus on Bridget’s care and Bridget’s well-being. It’s amazing to see how in tune everybody is here, and it’s comforting to know they care so much about Bridget, that she’s taken care of in the best way possible.”
Today, Coraliz is in college, working toward her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist. But not all that long ago, she was a cancer patient herself. At 10 years old, Coraliz was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, and referred to St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for treatment. There, she underwent chemotherapy, surgery to remove part of her leg bone and physical therapy to help her regain strength and mobility. She still has a health check at St. Jude once a year as part of its After Completion of Therapy Clinic. When not studying or working her part-time job, Coraliz enjoys visiting art museums. An artist herself, she loves to paint.
At Joy Cone Company, we believe in bringing people together to experience joy. This is why we are pleased to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help support their lifesaving mission: finding cures, Saving Children. We at Joy Cone, have created a learning opportunity for your child and an opportunity to give to a great cause. These four brave warriors and their families have been faced with the unthinkable. Through their enduring strength and ongoing spirit, they have created artwork for you and your families to color and enjoy with your favorite Joy Cone product. To view their incredible stories, see their artwork, and learn how you can contribute, click the link in the bio to get started.