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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

14 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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dear friends lost a baby in the 7th month of gestation. They had to go through the pain of delivering the child, knowing it would be stillborn. Amid this grief, as I was helping them plan the funeral and figure out ways to cover all the costs, the hospital helped us discover the Luca John Foundation. No sooner had the couple applied to the Foundation for assistance, they received a call the very next day from the founder himself, Kevin. He provided some much-needed funds, as well as emotional support, and we are thanking God for his assistance. God bless you, Kevin and your family, that out of such a great loss as you experienced yourself, you found a way to help others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Luca John Foundation is amazing and helpful , very compassionate and supportive .
On August 19 ,20013 at 8:41 am , I gave birth to my beautiful daughter , Zipporah Elizabeth Ellie Jackson . she was so beautiful and peaceful , still in misbelieve , my baby is stillborn , hoping that she would open her eyes or show some type of movement . she was gone, not forever but until we meet again , into the arms of her creator , her real father. the pain we felt ran so deep , wishing and hoping its all a dream .
After the death of our child , we prayed and ask God to help us to give our baby girl a beautiful burial . because we did not want cremation and this was all unexpected and can be very costly .then we received , The Luca John Foundation , information from the Tampa General Hospital . then we contact the foundation and told them our story , and they were so compassionated and supportive . the next day I receive a call from Kevin , the father of Luca John and he told us his story. then I realized why the foundation was so compassionated and supportive , of families like mines who as loss a infant or a child . The Luca John Foundation , gave my daughter a beautiful burial , a place where I can go and sit and talk with my baby , it gave me some peace. I thank the foundation for being very supportive and loving towards me and my husband ,
Before the death of my baby girl , I did not know about the foundation but now I am a voice for them where ever I go , because they are for families in pain , that as loss a child or an infant. my life is forever change because of Luca John , Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 4

I submitted an application on behalf of a family in my church that lost their triplets due to being premature at 21 weeks. This was very difficult for the family because they never imagined losing all 3 children. Within 24 hrs of receiving the information, a representative (Mr. Baranowski) from the John Luca Foundation began to review the application. Although the family was patiently waiting for their approval, the simple response gave them a since of hope because someone saw the urgency of the situation. A few days later the complete requested amount was approved and the Foundation covered the entire funeral costs! This was such a blessing and relief for the family.

Jennifer H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Luca John Foundation is a wonderful. In 2009 My son Marcus Jr was diagnosed with leukemia. He was only 3 months old, a few short days after diagnosis he passed away. I had no idea of how i was going to pay for his funeral. My aunt contacted The Luca John foundation and told Mr. Baranowski of how I lost my son and his foundation paid for my son's funeral! It's been 2 years since he has passed away and i still do not have him a grave markers due to i have 4 children and no extra money to buy one and now The Luca John foundation is going to pay for my son's marker. Without this foundation I don't know what I would have done! they help families that have lost a child unexpectedly and cannot afford the cost of a funeral!