When Joe Hasten was diagnosed he took measure of his life as he navigated and weighed his various treatment options. During that process he talked about many things, but made it clear that there were a few things that brought him comfort. While he was obviously disappointed that his life was to be shorter than he would hope, he was grateful for a few extremely important things. Joe was grateful for what he did not have to worry about, among them were good health insurance and being able to not maintain a job while fighting this disease. He knew that not having these worries while fighting pancreatic cancer was rare and more importantly that his family would not have these worries after he died. He said, "I know that my kids are going to be fine, they are finished with college, with good jobs. They are on their way."
The JEH foundation aims to help families affected by pancreatic cancer who are less fortunate. Generous donations allow JEH to provide scholarships to students whose ability to afford an education has been impacted by pancreatic cancer.