The Joseph Lentz Fund for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research: 

a Non-profit 501(c)(3) Charity  

WELCOME TO JOSEPH'S STATION

FIRST RAILWAY STOP: Meet Joseph

(Joseph would be six years old now.)

 

 Joseph Thomas Lentz was born healthy on 3/13/07.  He was intelligent beyond his years and spent his days developing an affinity for trains, music and Dora.  He loved to laugh, to tell jokes and memorize, and then recite, his favorite books.  His verbal skills were quite advanced and the video on the right, which was taken when he was slightly over 17 months old, is a small demonstration of his tremendous vocabulary and love of learning.  He enjoyed taking walks with his mommy, looking for Peter Rabbit with his daddy, going on day trips with his little brother, Thomas, and endlessly watching for trains at the train station and the railroad crossing with those he loved.

On March 1, 2009, Joseph refused to drink.  We took him to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for examination.  On March 3 we were shocked to learn that Joseph had an inoperable brain stem glioma (tumor).  Nothing about him seemed unhealthy.  The diagnosis was stunning.

He spent the first 18 days of March 2009 in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. During that hospital stay, he had several surgeries, tests and, on March 13, he turned 2.  The day before, on March 12, his baby brother, Thomas, was born.  

Despite treatment, Joseph died at home on July 7, 2009.  There are no words that would suitably describe the enormous amount of strength and wisdom that Joseph exhibited even at the tender age of 2.  It was a privilege to have known Joseph and to have had the opportunity to parent him was the ultimate honor.

Joseph is survived by his 12 cousins, 5 aunts, 4 uncles, Great-Grandmom, Gee-Gee, Mi-mom and Pop Pop and Grammy and Bop.   He is also survived by his Momma,  Jennifer, his DaDa, Bryan, his brother, Thomas, and his beloved Pug dog, Tigger.

"The other night dear, when you lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms.  

When I awoke dear, I was mistaken, so I hung my head down and cried.

You'll never know dear, how much I love you.  Please don't take my Sunshine away."

(lyrics from "You are my Sunshine" by the Rice Brothers)

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