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The Luca John Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Community Foundations, Health, Philanthropy, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Provide medical grants to insitutions that increase the survivability and quality of life of children diagnosed with all forms of skeletal dysplasia, and provide financial assistance for funerals to families who lose an infant child 12 months and younger, or a stillbirth.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lulu3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I lost my son Micah Eli at full term, my world crumbled. How would I ever deal with this loss? Let alone, having a burial and finding a headstone for my son. However, at the hosptial I was placed in touch with the Luca John Foundation who helped me and my family acquire a beautiful headstone for my son. I was so grateful for what they were able to do for us and by the looks of it, for so many other amazing families who have shared in a similar situation. This gave us such peace of mind. THANK YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Luca John Foundation has been a great asset to families across the US. Parents who are struggling to cope with the loss of an infant have the support and encouragement they need in a safe and loving environment.

To read the story of Luca John or to find out more about the Luca John Foundation go to www.lucajohnfoundation.com

Cheryl137

Donor

Rating: 5

Supporting my friend, Jessica, who gave birth five years ago to beautiful Isabella. Isabella left this world shortly after her birth, yet her spirit lives on. I was unable to make it to Isabella's celebration today, but wanted to show my love to Jessica and other families who have lost a child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the Luca John foundation to be very helpful. They are very nice and actually took the time to learn my son's story. It is nice to have support from those who understand our family's grief.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By volunteering for the Luca John Foundation, I have learned so much about the kindness and compassion that exists within the hearts of people. I know that those who are a part of the foundation give all that they can to help families who have experienced the heartbreaking loss of an infant. This is why the Luca John Foundation goes beyond the expectation of serving as only a source of funds for those in need, it is comprised of people who are a friend to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a hand to hold. My heart goes out to every one of the families I have served; I hope that the small time we shared together, however solemn it might have been, helps families on their path to healing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Luca John Foundation for over a year and have had the opportunity to take part in the incredible work they do for families in their worst time. I am so grateful to be able to witness how the foundation alleviates some of the stress that comes from such a trying time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Luca John is such a wonderful resource for families in the times they need the support and advocates the most. LJF has touched many lives and their impact will only continue to spread.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Seeing how our foundation has grown over the past 8 years makes me so proud to call Luca my son!!!!! He has helped so many families and it makes my heart so happy!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am actually Lucas mom and I wish I could hold him in my arms right now and tell him how very proud I am of him !!! Even though he was here for only an hour and a half he has made such an impact in so many families lives . I am so greatful and proud to be part of this amazing foundation !!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started off looking for a foundation to help my great cousin get a headstone, since me losing my only child I knew how important this was to me and after going on so many years of neither parent being able to purchase one I did the research and started off with tears which led me to The Lucas John foundation. Well my life turned for the worse and I have yet been in a state to let me start the process again but thanks to Laura who works for them and to Kevin who was so concered about me. They have tslking their time to check up on me knowing losing a child is the hardest thing anyone can go through. I know longer wanted to live and thousands of miles away they made sure I was safe. So to me I started off busting my butt off so Tyler can get a headstone (which I had to put on hold) to me finding to people that actually put everything aside to say they care. If I could give them 10 stars I would. Thanks from the bottom of my heart Laura,Kevin and the Lucas John Foundation.

Barbara147

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Luca was my grandson, so I've been involved with the foundation from the beginning. I have seen first hand how we have helped families bury their beautiful little angels with grace and dignity. Without the Foundations help that would not have been a possibility.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Luca's grandmother, having been through this experience with my daughter and son in law, we truly know what it is like to lose a child. It changed our lives forever. I am in constant amazement at the strength and unselfishness of Nickie and Kevin for starting the Luca John Foundation. What an amazing way to honor their beautiful baby boy! We only had Luca for 90 minute's, but oh how we loved him. We here at the LJF feel every life matter's, if you lose a baby minute's old or month's old those babies deserve to be buried with dignity and honor. I feel so blessed to be a part of this Foundation, I feel we are a small light in the darkness of losing a child. As much as we miss our Luca everyday, we fully understand God's plan for our special little boy.
Thank you and God Bless,
Barb Flynn

1 Patricia105

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am writing in behalf of a young couple that are very dear to me. They lost their infant son and needed assistance. God bless you for your work in helping this young couple and others like them.

1 Meghan16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm writing on behalf of a friend who tragically lost her infant son and found great support through this organization. It is because of you that she was able to fulfill certain desires for her sons burial. I haven't experienced such a loss, but I admire anyone who lends a helping hand to those in need. I appreciate your compassion for the hurting and broken. God bless!

1 Stephanie159

Client Served

Rating: 5

I selected the option "client served" , as it was the best that suited my needs! It was actually my sister that inquired. With that said, I want to thank LJF for the help they provided. She had searched high and low to find assistance with other groups....they all failed. NOBODY anticipates something like this happening to their child, therefore you don't plan for it! It is a bittersweet moment and again thank you for your help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to thank you for helping people in need...and for helping my family through some hard times...thanks

1 KristalandDane R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Luca John Foundation has made my dreams of a headstone for my son, Dane Jr. come true. I filled out the application for assistance and literally received a phone call from them in less than 48 hours! I searched high and low and every foundation and non-profit organization you can think of, top named ones mind you and no one, not even these big name foundations would/could help me. Why? Simply because my son is laid to rest in a state that they don't help with. I was crushed to say the least, then I found the Luca John Foundation and was biting my nails waiting for the reply to be the same as the others... It was not! LJF has been so incredibly helpful, compassionate and did not care what state my son was in, they just wanted to help. Kevin even asked me how I was doing and coping when he called me, I was and still am in awe. I can't thank the Luca John Foundation enough. My son's headstone is gorgeous and far exceeded my expectations.
Let me lastly just name a few words to describe LJF. Helpful, kind, compassionate, hard-working, supportive, amazing and loving.
Thank you Luca John Foundation for all you have done for me, my family and most of all helping us honor and memorialize my son. I am over joyed God led me to your website!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Luca John Foundation is an inspiring organization. The support both emotionally and financially available to the families is blessing. I have had the opportunity to donate and participate in their fundraising efforts. A wonderful organization and a wonderful cause.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter recently had a baby girl and unfortunately she was diagnosed with hydrocephaly. Jah'nai was only born with a brain stem and passed away a month later. My daughter is a teenager and I am unemployed at the present. We couldn't have any life insurance put on her because of her age and conditions. In communication with the funeral home they told me about the Luca-John foundation. Kevin is a very compassionate man and understood the troubles I was having in trying to provide the best burial for my granddaughter. After speaking with Kevin he MADE SURE that he told me about the foundation and what it stands for. I was so thankful and grateful that the foundation was able to pay for my granddaughters burial. I truly thank the foundation for their support.

Momof1MS

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was pregnant with twins and lost my son while on bedrest. Since I was out of work we couldn't afford a headstone for our son. I heard about the Luca John Foundation and I wrote them a letter explaining out problem and the head of the organization called me after he read the letter and listened to me cry and then he assured me that they would help us get a headstone for my sone, and he told me that my family was now part of the Luca John family.....I can't express how much that meant to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Loosing a child is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to deal with. My husband and I were never able to afford a tombstone for my son's grave. The people at the Luca John Foundation were generous enough to donate the stone. From the first phone call the foundation treated you like family. They also offered to connect me with people who hvae been in a similar situation. Knowing that I have people that I could talk to really was a big help. I will be forever grateful!

Patti27

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, I don't know if I can put into words, how much Luca John helped our family. We were devastated to find out I was going to lose my first grand daughter, our hearts were broken. I reached out to anyone and everyone that would listen about anything regarding my grand daughters illness. Lethal Skeletal Dysplasia.
It is such a rare disease. The Luca John Foundation reached out to me and my daughter and gave us answers to so many unknown questions. When my daughters boyfriend found out that the baby was not going to survive he left her alone to deal with this tragedy. She was a single mom of a little boy at the time and knowing carrying this baby to term could kill her, she continued but could hardly work. The Luca John Foundation kept in contact with her and followed her condition, and after care. They also took care of getting our precious little angel a head stone she probably still wouldn't be able to have. My hearts and prayers go out to them and all the families they have helped and hopefully will continue to help. God Bless them

Katie84

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for the Luca John Foundation we would not have a headstone for our precious babies, a source for emotional support from families in similar situations, or hope; the Luca John Foundation supports the research for fatal, skeletal deformities, like SRPS. We are truly grateful and blessed to be associated with such a stellar organization. ~Katie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Luca John Foundation was a critical partner for us while we were going through significant medial struggles with my son. They were able to provide valuable information and contacts during the most difficult time in our life. They were a great comfort and an extremely helpful resource.