Vickie co-founded Joseph's Journey with her husband after their 14 year old son died from leukemia. After seeing firsthand what families go through they decided to keep Joseph's memory alive and help other children and their families who have to go through such a devastating ordeal.
Joseph's Journey is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences to children less than 21 years of age with terminal and life-threatening illnesses. Adventures include hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, climbing, and more. As a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, everything is made possible through donations and the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
Children need a break from all the medical treatments and need to have a little fun and memories in their lives for the ones who don't survive. Joseph died Jan 5, 2000 and the organization became incorporated in April 2000 and received 501(c) (3) status Aug. 2000.
Vickie was and is very instrumental in all of the startup and the day to day running of the organization. Joseph loved the outdoors and was always concerned about the other children in the hospital. The family has done all the work of starting Joseph's Journey without the help of paid professionals. Everyone involved with Joseph's Journey is a non-paid volunteer. Joseph's Journey is run from their home to help keep costs down and allow over 90% of donations to be used directly for the children’s outdoor experiences.