Joseph Grimsley. On August 29, 2006, this thirty-five year old father of three was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and marrow disease known as Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). Doctors told Joseph that without a bone marrow transplant he would not live another year. Family and friends began a ” fight for life” campaign in an effort to find a donor match for Joseph.
A match was never found and on August 19, 2007, Joseph lost his battle with cancer. Even though a donor match was not found for him, Joseph asked them to continue the mission after he was gone to raise awareness, educate and encourage minorities to join the Marrow Registry. They started the Faith Hope And Determination, Inc, a non-profit organization, was formed on August 1, 2008, in memory of Joseph