The J.O.S.H. Foundation was created to serve those members of our community who have suffered the loss of a child with support, encouragement, healing, understanding, and comfort every day, one person at a time. We are committed to healing those touched by the loss of a child through remembrance initiatives and support services, honoring with integrity the memories we will always cherish.
Founded by Cindy Hughes, the J.O.S.H. Foundation began in memory of her 21-year old son Joshua Hughes, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2003. The pain experienced by Cindy and her family was indescribable. It is like none other, and can truly only be understood by those who have also lost a child, of any age, for any reason.
So, Cindy set out to find a way to provide resources, support, and help in healing to those parents, family members and friends who might also be suffering the loss of a child gone too soon.
Joshua Samuel Hughes (1982 - 2003)
Josh's sister, Angela, reflects...
To pick one word to describe Josh is pretty hard to do, but if I had to narrow it down to one, I would use the word, "life."
My brother was so full of life, he had this energy to him that just radiated from his smile. He believed that we were here to enjoy every minute of every day, not to be worried with the trivial things but to relax and have fun and savor every experience.
I wish everyone could live that way. Josh was a very intelligent and knowledgeable person, (according to him there was nothing he didn’t know.) When he loved you he loved you completely, he was a loyal and honest friend. Even if it might cause you pain or get him in trouble, he would be brutally honest with you.
He brought such joy to my life, he was my baby brother and I would give my life to have him back. He had a smile for everyone, a contagious chuckle that could bring you out of the worst mood and a passion for life that most of us never feel. In the short time he was with us, he was able to accomplish and enjoy things in life that some of us never take the time to do.
Josh, I will never accept that you are gone. I miss you every day I exist, there is a huge void in the world without you here. I miss having my baby brother give me advice and help me see that we should live each day to the fullest. I hope you are at peace and know that you were loved immeasurably and missed by all.
My love always, Ange