We're the Kayes

Andy, Melissa, Lauren, Allie, and Josh. Where there once were 5, now there are 4. We lost our boy on July 7, 2014, just three and a half weeks before his 9th birthday.

Josh died of an E. coli infection, after eating contaminated grass-fed ground beef. Lauren had just turned 16 and Allie was 5 1/2. Losing Josh absolutely devastated our family and everyone who knew and loved Josh.

Josh was such a big personality. An old soul. A prankster. A good friend. A curious spirit. A SUPER hugger. A sweet brother. And the strongest person we've ever known.

Josh was strong-minded; stubborn even, and he paid attention to things most kids wouldn't notice. He cared deeply about a number of things that stood out in his mind as unfair.


HUNGER- He just couldn't wrap his head around anyone not having enough food. Why wouldn't everyone share and take care to make sure everyone had enough

HOMELESSNESS- He was moved to tears talking about homelessness whenever he noticed someone living on the streets.

ANIMAL WELFARE- He would have adopted ALL of the dogs if we let him. And he insisted on helping with stranded dolphins on the Cape during a mass stranding event in the winter of 2012.

THE ENVIRONMENT- Josh was so bothered by the idea that animals were being harmed and the ocean destroyed by pollution.

We started Joshua Kaye Foundation to do some of the work that Josh would have done. We spread love and kindness in Joshua's memory. Joshua Kaye Foundation enables thoughtful community-based projects focused on inclusion, education, ecology, and the arts, while empowering youth to make positive change in their community.