Why we do what we do:
Born on September 18, 1997, Joy Lynn Michelle Carter had a birth defect called Spina Bifida (a neural tube defect that causes the spine to not close properly during development). The doctors did not expect Joy to live through the pregnancy, delivery, or the many surgeries. Joy lived much to their amazement for 4 months. She had many struggles but just as many triumphs. Her life was a testament of God’s love and healing power. Her name is what she brought to this world and it is the legacy she left behind on January 15, 1998.
Spina Bifida is something to live with not die from… we are dedicated to giving moments of Life to those with Spina Bifida. The medical community has made strides in giving every individual with spina bifida the gift of a full life and we celebrate that by offering opportunities to live it to the fullest.
Because of joy supports summer camp, family camps, and college scholarships along with other programs offered through our partnering organizations. For more information about Spina Bifida and our partners please check out our LINKS page.