of Joey Dente Jr., a.k.a.
“Joey’s Friends” is the name of a foundation
whose goal is to help children.
Joey Dente Jr. was
a boy whose life was cut short by a pulmonary infection.
In Joey’s memory,
his parents set out on a mission. They channeled their grief and
feelings of helplessness into a worthy and very productive endeavor.
They founded “JOEY’S FRIENDS.” Their hope was to establish a
Pediatric Foundation Test Lab. Joe and Virginia Dente, with the help of
many friends, relatives and people like you, embarked on a grass roots
fund-raising effort, and in a short time had helped establish the
“Joey Dente Pulmonary Function Test Lab,” a lasting memorial to
Joey, and a tribute to his dedicated parents, at North Short University
Through labs such
as “Joey’s” the diagnosis of infections, like the one that took
Joey’s life, are now easier to make. The quicker the diagnosis is
made, the faster the cure for the child. Virginia has personally watched
children being treated and diagnosed with the equipment that they worked
so hard to fund.
Friends” has been a fantastic success. Joe and Virginia Dente have
seen their dream come true. The test lab is operational and financially
Because of the
success of “Joey’s Friends,” Joe and Virginia remain committed in
their effort to help children. Young Joey spent the last few months of
his short life confined to a rented wheelchair. Joey wanted his own
wheelchair, but the insurance company would not pay for Joey to have his
own. He needed some help. Eventually Joe and Virginia found a
manufacturer willing to help. They sent over a salesperson and
measurements were taken. Joey picked out his favorite color. The
manufacturer said the wheelchair would be ready in 30 days, and be
delivered the beginning of July. Joey died June 28th of that year. He
never got the wheelchair he wanted.
Virginia’s new foundation, “Joey’s Friends Too,” will hopefully
be able to help that never happen to another child. Its mission is to
assist in the purchase of medical equipment deemed necessary to promote
the independence and enhanced quality of life for disabled children.