Family pays it forward for sick kids

Pads and belt made by Joseph's Genetic Journey
Pads and belt made by Joseph's Genetic Journey

HASTINGS, Mich. (WOTV) Fifteen-year-old Joseph Tyner lives with an undiagnosed genetic condition that prevents him from feeling hunger. Because of this, Joseph uses a feeding tube that gives him nutrition directly into his intestine. In order for feeding tubes to stay in place, they need to be taped or affixed to the abdomen. The tape was uncomfortable for Joseph, so his grandmother came up with an idea to create a belt to hold the feeding tube more comfortably.

Now with the help of family members, friends, and volunteers, the Joseph’s Genetic Journey group makes pads and pelts for children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and around the country. The pads and belts are free of charge for these families, many of whom already face mounting medical bills.

To learn more about Joseph’s Genetic Journey and to order pads or belts, visit their Facebook page.

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