St. Joseph Altar
2010
The 2010 Altar was in honor of Gabrielle and the Pediatric Brain Tumor
Foundation.
We have approached the 8th anniversary of the removal of Tommy's brain tumor.
Yearly MRI's are still done.
















The 2009 Altar proceeds went to Gabrielle  a 10 year old neuroblastoma patient.
May the Lord hold this child and continue giving this family strength.












In 2008 Tommy requested the money on the altar be donated to the family of
Anthony  a 6 year old with cancer.  This is a family that must travel to Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for treatments. It is the only place that can treat
Tony for this type of cancer. May God Bless them!!!
Tony has no sign of cancer
today!!!!

In 2008 we were also able to send a small token to a family that needed some funds.
Here is Kayla story and what a precious angel she is!
Five-year-old Kayla is a very young cancer survivor. Last year, she was diagnosed
with ganglioneuroblastoma.
A mass made up of mostly benign cells intertwined with malignant ones was
growing inside her spinal canal and into her abdomen. The tumor had wrapped
around her spine and was pushing against her kidneys.
But with the help of doctors at St. Jude Hospital and Le Bonheur Children's
Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., and a lot of prayers, Kayla is expected to make
a full recovery. It took two surgeries to remove the cancer and physical therapy to
get her back on her feet.
"I always knew that she was going to be all right," said her father, Carlos. "I never
doubted that Kayla would be OK."

It is Tommy's wish to have an altar each year to raise money in hopes of helping
others.  In 2007 money went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the American Heart Association.

Food for the altar is also needed, donations will happily be accepted.  Thank You!!!
YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD
Helen Reddy

You and me against the world
Sometimes it seems like
You and me against the world
When all the others
Turn their backs and walked away
You can count on me to stay

Remember when the circus came to town
How you were frightened by the clown
Wasn't it nice to be around
Someone that you knew
Someone who was big and strong
And looking out for you

You and me against the world
Sometimes it seems like
You and me against the world
And for all the times we've cried
I always felt that God was on our side

And when one of us is gone
And one of us is left to carry on
Then remembering will have to do
Our memories alone will get us through
Think about the days of me and you
Of you and me against the world

Remember when the circus came to town
How you were frightened by the clown
Wasn't it nice to be around
Someone that you knew
Someone who was big and strong
And looking out for you

You and me against the world
Sometimes it seems like
You and me against the world
And for all the times we've cried
I always felt that God was on our side

And when one of us is gone
And one of us is left to carry on
Then remembering will have to do
Our memories alone will get us through
Think about the days of me and you
Of you and me against the world
Tommy's Wish Foundation, Inc.
Saint Joseph Altar
March 19, 2017
10am - 7pm
Blessing Saturday
March 18 at 1:30 pm
Deacon Wilfred Robicheaux.
Will be held at the
Knights of Columbus Hall
46
5 Avenue B, Westwego, LA
Given for Baby Sawyer Forster & Dylan Gaubert
I will never forget all the times I held Tommy in my arms and had to bring him to the doctor.  All those endless visits, all
those MRI's, all that bloodwork. I would put him in his little car seat and buckle him up.  He was so skinny that he would
squirm out of it and then I would pull over and put him back in. I had to keep him safe, it was my job.  I couldn't keep him
safe from a brain tumor though. "You and Me Against the World" was one of my favorite songs and suddenly it meant more
to me than ever. Our little daughter Shannon was in school now and my husband Tom had to go to work. Tom would take off
for the MRI's when Tommy was little to help me out.  So Tommy and I would go off and fight our battles, brave soldiers we
became. At my weakest point I asked God "Why did you do this to my child?" I immediately received an answer and that
answer was "I love you so much that I sent you Tommy to take care of." Tommy was eight years old at that point and in
PICU, we had to wait another seven years for the tumor to be removed.  Our beautiful son was a gift from the Lord. My
argument was forever over with Him. From then on 100% trust was put in God.  His sister Shannon is married and has two
beautiful children that her and her husband Michael have named Jacob and Taylor.  Shannon and Michael are always near
and live about a mile away. God taught me to be strong!

Please listen to Helen Reddy sing "Me and You Against the World"

Sylvia Munch Effler (Tommy's Mom)
St. Joseph Altar 2008
St. Joseph Altar 2009
Jesus gently took Gabrielle's
hand on March 28, 2010
(Palm Sunday) and took her to
Heaven.
St. Joseph Altar 2011 was held in honor of Clarke, Baby Hailey and
Brain Tumor Research
St. Joseph
Altar 2011
2012 St. Joseph Altar is in honor of Hailey

Young Men's Business Club - YMBC Hall - 1327 East Drive, Westwego
Directions to YMBC Hall:
Lapalco from Avondale:
Turn left on East Drive in Westwego.
Go 2 blocks. YMBC will be the large building on your right hand
side with a large field in front of it for parking.
Lapalco from Marrero: Turn right on East Drive in Westwego.
Go 2 blocks. YMBC will be the large building on your right hand
side with a large field in front of it for parking.
Westbank Expressway from Avondale: Take a right on
Central Avenue in Westwego. Go 3 blocks. Turn left on Holly.
Go 1 block. You will see the YMBC building with the large field
for parking.
Westbank Expressway from Marrero: Take a left on Central
Avenue in Westwego. Go 3 blocks. Turn left on Holly. Go 1
block. You will see the YMBC building with the large field for
parking.
St. Joseph
Altar 2012
St. Joseph
Altar 2013
Saint Joseph Altar 2014
Donations Went To St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital
Donations to St. Jude's
Childrens Research Hospital
& Clarke
Saint Joseph Altar 2015
Donations went to St. Jude
Children's Hospital & Jordan
Saint Joseph Altar 2016
Donations went to St. Jude
Children's Hospital