Friendship is Forever - Kindness Rocks Keep Buddy’s Memory Alive
"Wait up, mate!" William would call out to his best friend Joey as they tore through the halls Tyngsboro Elementary School in Massachusetts. Inseparable best friends since the first day they met in kindergarten, the boys bonded over a love of superheroes -- especially Spiderman.
Though he lived every day like a superhero, Joey was born with a cardiac condition known as cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body. This condition caused him to have an enlarged heart that led to a lifetime of medical struggles. Joey died from this disease at age 6.
Will, though saddened by the loss of his friend, proved that a great friendship never dies. He kept Joey in his thoughts by writing him notes with his favorite jokes. He then came up with another idea to stay connected with his best bud. He and his Mom began collecting rocks around his home and at Cape Code that he would paint with bright colors and shapes, mostly hearts, and then sell them at local events to raise money for the Joey Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation. This charity, established by Joey's parents, Kate and Scott, raises awareness of cardiomyopathy while also furthering the mission of fostering the spread of random acts of kindness.
Will's rock collecting has evolved into an ongoing fundraising effort for Joey's foundation that he calls "Kindness Rocks for Joey". He displays and sells his rocks at various fairs and events, and recently earned permission to set up his booth at a couple of local retail locations.
Watch Will and the entire community as they enjoy the foundation's "Celebrity Scoopfest" where there is music, food, and lots of fun activities for kids and their families to spend time together.
"Joey was an amazingly kind, beautiful soul and lived his 6 years to the fullest", his Mom recalled. This event celebrates that life and Will is doing his part to make sure that his best friend is never forgotten.
Follow William's efforts on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/kindnessrocksforjoey/
Learn more about the foundation at: https://www.jmbigheart.org/
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