Thank you for taking time to visit our website. After my son Joseph passed away in August 2007, my family and I made it our mission to carry on his name and memory by starting the Joseph Thomas Foundation to help other medically fragile children. I hope that you will help us by sharing this website and Joseph’s story with others who either need help or wish to help.
Joseph was so very special
As a special-needs child, he required constant medical care. We know firsthand the pressures this puts on the family…spiritually, emotionally and financially. The foundation was started to help relieve some of these pressures for families by funding medical equipment, medical supplies, therapies and other medical needs. We want to use our knowledge and experiences as an outreach to help other families in need.
Our main fundraiser since establishing the foundation has been the annual Joseph Thomas Memorial Triathlon held at PrimeTime in Abilene each February near Joseph’s birthday. And new to 2017, the Joseph Thomas Biathlon each November at Film Alley in Weatherford, Texas.
We’ve had a lot of success, great participation and community support in the past with our Triathlon, an event with t-shirts, events, door prizes and, most of all, the opportunity for kids to just be kids. If you would like to help sponsor this event with a donation or in any other way, please visit the sponsor section.
Thanks to all the past and future sponsors and volunteers that make this foundation possible.
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and can accept tax deductible donations. To donate, please contact us.
Mission of the Joseph Thomas Foundation…
The Joseph Thomas Foundation proudly provides assistance for medically fragile children in the following communities that are located within the established service area of a 100 mile radius of Abilene, Texas overlapping a 100 mile radius of San Angelo, Texas encompassing more than 70 communities in West-Central Texas. On 09/17/15, Weatherford, Cool and Milsap were added to the service area as indicated on the map below.
Communities within the Service Area
Albany, Aledo, Annetta, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Bangs, Barnhart, Benjamin, Big Lake, Big Spring, Blackwell, Brady, Breckenridge, Brock, Bronte, Brownwood, Bryson, Christoval, Cisco, Clyde, Coahoma, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cool, De Leon, Dennis, Dublin, Eastland, Eden, El Dorado, Garden City, Garner, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Graford, Graham, Guthrie, Hamlin, Haskell, Hudson Oaks, Iraan, Jayton, Junction, Mason, Menard, Merkel, Milsap, Mineral Wells, Munday, Olney, Ozona, Palo Pinto, Peaster, Pontotoc, Ranger, Rankin, Robert Lee, Roby, Rock Springs, Roscoe, Rotan, Rule, San Angelo, Seymour, Sheffield, Snyder, Sonora, Spur, Stamford, Stanton, Stephenville, Sterling City, Strawn, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Trent, Weatherford and Winters.
Application for Assistance from Joseph Thomas Foundation
To be eligible, applicants must have custody of a medically fragile child with a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The impairment may be congenital or acquired by accident, injury or disease.
Applications will be accepted at anytime throughout the year. The old quarterly review cycle has been discarded and we now accept and review applications as they are submitted. This change was made to provide quicker processing of applications and to provide better service to our community.
Faxed applications will not be accepted. Funds will not be awarded to cover the cost of goods purchased or services performed prior to this application. Applications that do not meet criteria will be denied.
If you have downloaded an application from before 03/09/2017, please discard it and download and use the new form with above link. For any questions regarding the application form or process, please contact us.
Letters and photos from some of our community…
Since the Joseph Thomas Foundation was established, we have had the privilege to provide assistance to local individuals and communities. Below are some articles, letters and photos from some of the recipients of assistance from the Joseph Thomas Foundation that remind us of why we do what we do. Please take the time to look through these cards, letters and photos and if you can, make a donation that will make a difference in the life of a medically disabled child.
Several great ways to help JTF
The Joseph Thomas Foundation is funded completely by generous donations from individuals, businesses and organizations who take action to help make a positive difference in the lives of medically fragile children. Please join the effort and give whatever you can to help ease the burdens these children and their families face each day.
Make a Donation
Personal donations are always welcome and appreciated very much. You can make a one time donation or set up an ongoing donation for a specific fundraiser event and be recognized on the Sponsor's banner at the level of your donation. Or you can donate anonymously if you prefer. Either way, your pledge helps to make a difference in the lives of medically fragile children.
If you ever shop online at Amazon.com, you can now choose to have Amazon contribute a percentage of your purchase to JTF each time you make an online purchase. All you have to do is go to Amazon Smile, login with your Amazon ID, search for and select Joseph Thomas Foundation as the charity you wish to support.
That's all there is to it and it doesn't cost you any extra! Amazon Smile Program
Become an Event or Ongoing Sponsor!
It’s easy to become an Event Sponsor or to set up an Ongoing Sponsorship Pledge to help make a difference in the lives of medically fragile children. Your tax deductible donations to the Joseph Thomas Foundation will be distributed to deserving recipients who have applied for help from the foundation and are approved by the Board of Directors. All donations collected by this foundation are paid out for assistance to medically fragile children and the organizations supporting them.
Please contact us for further information about becoming a sponsor for the annual JTF Triathlon in Abilene, JTF Biathlon in Weatherford, or to arrange a non-event associated donation to the Foundation.
Click contact and fill out the form from any computer or mobile device.
To contact us by mail:
Joseph Thomas Foundation
928 Sylvia St.
Weatherford, TX 76086
Photos from recent Events
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JTF Triathlon (Abilene) Click here and register online prior to event.
JTF Biathlon (Weatherford) Click here and register online prior to event.
2019 Triathlon Sponsors
Sponsors who have generously contributed to the 2019 Triathlon.
2018 Biathlon Sponsors
Sponsors who have generously contributed to the 2018 Biathlon.
"Outshining Medical Disabilities"
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– John Thomas, President/CEO