The Founders

Sue Jeffreys  |  Debra Cook  |  Patrice Brooks

Patrice Brooks
Just Keep Smiling - Founder

The weight and responsibility of raising a child with a life-threatening illness is overwhelming.  You need someone who can empathize with you because they have been there.  Someone who knows your fears, understands your pain and frustration and who can stand in the gap in prayer with you.

Debra Cook
Just Keep Smiling - Founder

I spent years in and out of the hospital with my son after he was diagnosed with a severe heart problem.  I saw the pain and difficulties so many parents face trying to cope with their child’s illness.   After my son passed away, I made a decision to work toward a foundation that could help with the emotional and financial needs of these families.

Sue Jeffreys
Just Keep Smiling - Founder

After losing my husband and two children in a boating accident, I searched for a peace and purpose in my life.  It took me years to heal and realize I could use what happened to me to send comfort to others.  God has put it in my heart to reach out to parents struggling with critically ill children.  I want them to know that God does love and care about their pain.  It is up to us, who feel called, to extend a helping hand in any way we can.

Children Behind JKS

In Memory of TREY BROOKS
In Memory of JEREMY COOK

Meet the Board

Russ Taylor

Chairman of the Board

Scott Cicero

Board Member

William Cook, Jr.

Board Member

Todd Holder

Board Member

Edward Merrell

Board Member

Eric Reed

Board Member

Senator Shay Shelnutt

Board Member

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

-Matthew 10:42

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