Dear Friends, thanks to the amazing generosity of so many people, I received the miracle of a kidney transplant in April of 2018. This life-saving gift came after seven years on dialysis and nearly ten years after I was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. I am so, so grateful, and I wish that was the end of my story, but after almost two years without problems, my body is now rejecting that kidney. I need your help again!
Kidney disease leads to many other medical complications and hospitalizations. As I am undergoing tests and as a plan to deal with this new challenge is crafted by my medical team, I’m facing a lot of uncertainty, but trying to keep my spirits up. There is so much I want to live for –my three children and my nine grandchildren (the newest is about to be born tomorrow, Jan 19!!). I want to be able to give back for all the blessings I’ve received. But the cost of staying alive is very high. Despite having insurance, many of my medical needs are not covered and must be paid out-of-pocket. On top of the on-going expenses I’ve been paying, now there will be many new ones.
Can you help me again? My family and close friends are kicking off a new fund-raising campaign here at HelpHopeLive to face this new challenge. Help Hope Live is a trusted non-profit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than for 30 years. All contributions are tax-deductible, are held in the Northeast Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by Help Hope Live for transplant-related expenses only. Matching funds are offered as we reach certain thresholds of giving. You can make a difference in the effort to save my life. Please, consider a contribution. I am so grateful to you for caring.
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From Joyce’s children:
Our mom, Joyce, has always been and continues to be a devoted mother. She has always been there for us whether it was cheering us on in our numerous sporting activities or by being a sounding board for our everyday issues. She was team mother, team manager, General Manager, incorporator, cheerleader, fundraiser, babysitter, first-aid supplier and trip organizer on many of our teams – “Everything, but the pom-poms, Mom”. She is still devoted to us and now to our own kids as well.
Your support is critical to the success of Mom’s struggle. Please know that your contribution in any amount really counts and will be appreciated more than our words can ever convey. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
With sincere gratitude,
Ben Bourque, RJ Bourque and Aidyn Bourque (Joyce’s children)
December 20, 2017
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Happy Holidays to all
I am now Number 3 on the transplant list.
Thank you for all of your support……
January 17, 2017
I received an official letter from Rhode Island Hospital. I am now in the top 10 for transplant (actually #9).
My doctor thinks I should be receiving transplant soon!!
April 26, 2016
MOTHERS DAY – May 8, 2016
My friend Gail Eastwood-Author( Gail Eastwood Stokes) is hosting 2 TEA Parties for my kidney fund on Mothers Day and on May 9th. One is at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Old North Rd, Kingston RI from 2 to 5 pm and the other one is a “virtual” Tea Party on Facebook starting on May 8 at 4 pm andcontinuing through May 9 at midnight, She hosted a “Halloween” virtual party this past year and it was so successful. It is a lot of fun to go on facebook and pretend. So, we care looking forward to these events. I am still awaiting a DONOR and I am now No. 16 on the transplant list. Anyone can Honor their own mother by helping out either coming to the TEA at church, coming to the Virtual party on facebook or donating on-line or by mail. Thank you all.
November 7, 2015
Last Friday, October 30, 2015 my friend, Gail Eastwood Stokes hosted a Virtual Halloween Benefit for me. It lasted from 4 pm to midnight. Her son, Graham was also a huge part in planning and conducting the party. I cannot thank them enough for all the planning and work that they endured.
The benefit itself was a wonderful experience not only for me but for the wonderful people who participated. Many had a wonderful time, some couldn’t quite figure all of the aspects out, but in time some of them caught on and became adept at posting pictures and other items. There were several giveaways throughout the night – donated by wonderful people – we had several prints and other art items, gift certificates, as well as jewelry, etc.
Several of the guests brought handsome escorts and that was fun. I did last until midnight, which was a surprise to me. Several others stayed the course also. Thank you – no matter if you just checked in and said hello or stayed for the festivities. I appreciated all of the support. We had close to 60 guests throughout the night and another dozen or so who could not attend but donated to my kidney fund. Thank you all. Every little bit helps and is sincerely appreciated.
If you have not donated yet and wish to, you have until November 15 to be entered into the last drawing which is an original artwork done by George Dunn – “Sugar Heist” you can see it if you go to your activities page and go to the upper right and click on Past Events. You will then see the Halloween Benefit. Gail has posted a picture and description of this beautiful ink and paint artwork. It is not a print. After November 15, you are still able to donate if you so desire. All donations will go into the fund for my future medical expenses and I appreciate them all no matter what you can give. Please note – I do not know what anyone donates. This is not revealed to me. Therefore, no matter how small or large the donation, it is received with love.
Remember, TAX season is coming up and all donations are tax deductible.
Again, Sincere Thanks to all who hosted, helped, shared in the benefit, donated giveaways and donated.
October 29, 2015
Tomorrow at 4 pm will begin my Halloween Benefit hosted by Gail Stokes-Author. It will run from 4 to midnight. Anyone who is invited by Gail or me (Joyce Bourque) or any of your friends. Please make sure if you want to join in the fund that you go to EVENTS on your Facebook page and join. If you haven’t been invited and want to come, go to Gail’s page or my page and ask to be invited. We have lots of give-aways and hope to have some fund. You can come and stay for minutes or hours or come and go. It’s your choice. And, you can do this from home or anywhere you happen to be. Just go to Events and join the party. Make sure you keep checking the posts and comments. They may be added to during the party. So, there may be many different things happening at the same time. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. This should be fun… Remember you could post any pictures, jokes, food, decorations, escorts, — just use your imagination. Have FUN and I THANK everyone who does participate. Love Joyce
October 27, 2015
Today is Tuesday, 10/27/2015, I am really excited that my good friend Gail is hosting a fund raiser on Friday, 10/30/2015 (3 days to go). This is a virtual Halloween Benefit. Therefore, no matter where you are in the world, you can join in the party. If you have been invited by someone. Go to your Events page and check it out. If you haven’t been invited, go to either Gail’s Facebook or mine and ask to be invited. We would love to have you join. It is going to be fun. We have lots of giveaways and we are posting pictures. You can bring a “virtual” guest -my guest is Matthew McConaughey–…. You can bring costumes, food, decorations, jokes, stories, whatever tickles your fancy. We should have fund – it will be held from 4 pm to midnight eastern standard time. She has asked for donations to my kidney fund and has provided the link for you to do so. Anything would be appreciated and a big thank you from me. Love to all – Joyce
October 10, 2015
I am really excited!!!! My friend Gail Eastwood Stokes is hosting a Halloween Benefit Party on Facebook for my kidney fund. It will be held on October 30th from 4 pm to midnight. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to join us for some fun, ask to friend us on Facebook so that we can invite you. This should be a blast!!!!! We are asking for a $15.00 donation or whatever you wish…
Party from your chair at home and share fun pictures, stories and jokes, laughs and conversation!!!! Hope to see you there.
September 10, 2015
9/9/2015 Today I turn 66 and I am very blessed. However, my best friend, Trudi Anne Miller, passed away last week so I am grieving.
Last week I had to go to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, for a cardiac ablation. I had already gone through this procedure at RI Hospital but is was not successful. On Tuesday Sept 1, Dr. Michaud performed the ablation in Boston and the procedure lasted 6 hours. However, it was a success. He found the spot inside my heart and took care of it. Now, I should have some more energy and my heart muscle, which had weaken considerably, should get stronger again.
I am so blessed for the fact that my friends, Ralph and Gail Stokes and their sons, Matt and Graham, have taken me in as “family”. I began going to their church about a year ago and on Christmas Eve I became a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingston, RI. Ralph takes me back and forth every Sunday and he also has helped me with other transportation matters.
I moved in April and had such support from many members of this church. They came and packed, carried and moved my stuff. The congregation and the Pastor are beyond belief. I cannot thank God enough for their care, kindness and love.
I am now No. 16 on the transplant list and hope I will receive a kidney in about one year.
Thank you for your concern.
January 8, 2015
The Fundraiser – Dinner/Dance on November 29, 2014, was a great success and a wonderful time. I have many, many “thank you” notes to send out. Special thanks to Tim Yuettner and Carol Luff they were the Chairpersons for this event and they did an outstanding job. I cannot thank them enough. Another special thank you goes out to Steve Chianesi for the “dinner music” and to the wonderful band – Whiskey Rhode for providing the dance music. Many of us enjoyed the music and danced all night…. Thank you to Mike for catering. The food was wonderful and plentiful – stuffed chicken breasts, roasted red potatoes, string beans, macaroni, salad. Borelli’s Bakery donated the bread and a huge sheet cake. All was well…..
Many items were donated for the Raffles and there were over 20 of them, plus a 50/50. Thank you Renee (she gave back her winnings of the 50/50).
I appreciate all the support that I have received from family and friends and even from strangers. It is heartwarming to know that so many people care.
I am No. 6 on the transplant list at Rhode Island Hospital. Hopefully, 2015 may be my year for a transplant. I need to have a cardiac procedure soon and then I will be active on the list.
Your prayers, thoughts and donations have helped me through this time.
November 13, 2014
There will be LIVE ENTERTAINMENT at the Dinner-Dance generously provided by Steve Chianesi and WHISKEY RHODE.
Also, there will be Raffles and a 50/50 Raffle
Lots of fun, dancing, good food and raffles.
Hope to see you there.
November 13, 2014
The Dinner-Dance Fundraiser is coming up on Sat. November 29, 2014. Hope to see all you can make it on that night. You can order tickets by going to bit.ly Or, if you prefer call Tim at 401.952.8583. If you plan on attending, please let Tim know so that we can have a count for the caterer.
The dinner menu: Stuffed chicken, roasted potatoes, macaroni, string beans, salad, bread & butter. Dessert and coffee. There will be a cash bar for soft drinks, etc.
Hope you can attend. If not, and you are able, a donation would be appreciated. I am No. 6 on the RI Hospital transplant list. Hopefully, it will come within a year. This fund is to help pay for medications that are not covered and other medical needs.
Thank you all for your help and kindness.
November 6, 2014
I am now No. 6 on the transplant list at Rhode Island Hospital. Hopefully, I will receive a transplant within twelve months.
November 6, 2014
As of September, 2014, I am No. 6 on the Kidney Transplant List at Rhode Island Hospital. Hopefully, I will receive a transplant within the next twelve months.
November 19, 2013
On the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11, 2013, there were two fundraisers held.
One Pasta Dinner at the Smithfield Sportsman’s Club and the second at the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant. Dick Bourque organized the Smithfield event and Ralph Stokes organized the Newport event. Both of these were great times and attended by wonderful caring people. I thank Dick, Ralph, the owners, staff, and cast at Newport and all the other volunteers who helped in these events. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
November 12, 2013
CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION:
Joyce continues her wait on the active waiting transplant list for her gift-of-life — her kidney transplant. As she moves closer to transplant, her family knows that their expenses will mount. PLEASE make an end-of-year tax-deductible donation to help Joyce receive her miracle. Please forward this post to your Facebook or Twitter friends today!
October 8, 2013
RE: Nov 9 Pasta Dinner at Smithfield Sportsman’s Club — If you wish to buy tickets from Dick Bourque directly – please give him a call at 401 641 5029.
There will be another event on Sunday, November 10th at the Newport Playhouse. Information will be forthcoming.
Another event is being planned at the Oakland Beach Fire Barn in Warwick – will let you know when information is certain.
November 27, 2018
I hope this will help you keep that new kidney healthy. - Love, Jan and Bill
November 27, 2018
Hoping the "Giving Tuesday 2018" will give your fund a boost, Joyce!! Where is your update????
December 16, 2017
Joyce, I was so happy to hear that you've moved up to #4 on the transplant list!
December 11, 2017
Joyce, Dave and I are so happy to hear that you are now 4th on the list and hope that you really near getting a new life through the donation of a new kidney!
September 19, 2016
hi Joyce, wanted you to know that you have been in our prayers and in our thoughts ever since we got your letter. you have always been a strong person. you were always a good friend. god bless you ,love and old friend.
December 6, 2015
Dear Joyce, Bill and I only wish you good health and the opportunity to get your transplant as soon as possible. Then we wish a quick recovery and a long life ahead. God Bless You.
Jan and Bill Deutsch
July 15, 2013
Hi Joyce, I know what it is to be on dialysis, it is such a very tough road,but know we're still blessed. We get our treatments, we have our lives, we are still communicating, smilling, and doing many things with our family and friends. How great God is. We'll soon be ok, we'll definately get our kidneys soon. Let us continue to pray,trust,belive, take courage and know that God is able. You are in my prayers, God bless you.
Friend - Anta Cooper,Providence, RI
July 15, 2013
Hi Joyce, I know what it is to be on dialysis, it is such a very tough road,but know we're still blessed. We get our treatments, we have our lives, we are still communicating, smilling, and doing many things with our family and friends. How great God is. We'll soon be free . . . Let us continue to pray,trust,belive, take courage and know that God is able. You are in my prayers, God bless you.
Friend - Anta Cooper
June 25, 2013
I'll be helping in any way that I can. I wish you a speedy transplant and a long-lived happy life. Love you, Babe.
Trudi Miller/New Bedford, MA
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