WE RUN FOR THE CAUSE
Joseph Scott Middlemiss was born on May 31, 2007 with a rare congenital heart disease known as cardiomyopathy. Moments after birth, a chest x-ray revealed an enlarged heart that caused a lifetime of medical struggles. At the same time, that BIG HEART symbolized all the love Joe was to emulate in his short lifetime.
Over the years, Joseph visited the hospital as an inpatient numerous times, underwent multiple procedures, surgeries, and tests,yet he faced it all with bravery far beyond his age. His love of life was evident to everyone he met, and he continued to defy the odds stacked against him.
Joseph was a beautiful little boy who loved music, especially The Beatles. He was kind and loved to make people laugh. Joe exemplified pure LOVE each and every day. Despite his daily medical and physical obstacles, Joseph let his BIG HEART shine through, greeting everyone he met with his beautiful smile, a kind word or song or a healing hug. On September 23, 2013, Joseph earned his angel wings. Although Joe's time here on earth was way too short, he left behind a beautiful legacy of compassion, empathy and kindness. Joseph's life,legacy, spirit, smile and love will never be forgotten. Joe was wise beyond his years, setting the framework for amazing things to be done in his name.
The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation honors Joseph's message of "All You Need is Love" by spreading kindness, empowering children, funding cardiomyopathy research, and supporting families dealing with pediatric cardiac conditions.
1. To expand The Joseph Middlemiss "All You Need is Love" Mission, fostering the spread and documentation of Random Acts of Kindness on local, national, and international fronts. (https://www.facebook.com/JosephMiddlemissLove)
2. To educate children on the power of kindness by supporting the efforts of schools (creating and leading motivational assemblies, providing books and related resources), and by empowering students through scholarships for music and martial arts.
3. To contribute to research for and spread awareness of cardiomyopathy while providing financial, social, and emotional assistance to families impacted by these cardiac conditions.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Spreading love was something that came naturally to Joseph Middlemiss. whether it was with a simple smile for a stranger in passing, an offer to help a friend who was struggling, a hug and words of encouragement extended at just the right time, a song written and presented with the hope of lifting spirits, or other numerous offers of service, Joseph continually shared his love in a way that opened the hearts of family members, friends, and strangers, alike.
Joseph carried out Random Acts of Kindness on a daily basis and exemplified goodness. His parents' greatest desire is to carry on Joe's legacy by continuing to touch the lives of others by opening hearts just as their son has done. They began the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation in an attempt to do just that.