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Frequently Asked Questions2023-05-01T17:20:18-07:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Joni and Friends do?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00

Joni and Friends envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. Our mission is to glorify God as we communicate the Gospel and mobilize the global church to evangelize, disciple and serve people living with disability.

How old is Joni and Friends?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00

Joni and Friends became a registered non-profit in 1979 and has served churches and families affected by disabilities for 43 years.

How did Joni and Friends Start?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00

Joni and Friends began with Joni and a few friends and family members answering mail around her dining room table. Because of her many speaking engagements, the publication of her first book and release of the movie based on her story, Joni took the advice of mentors and established the non-profit Joni and Friends in 1979.

How did Joni Eareckson Tada become paralyzed?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00

Joni Eareckson Tada became paralyzed when she made a dive into shallow water, severing her spinal column at the C4/C5 vertebrae.

When did Joni Eareckson Tada have her accident?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00
Where is Joni Eareckson Tada?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00

Joni Eareckson Tada lives with her husband Ken Tada in Calabasas, California, near the headquarters of Joni and Friends.

Does Joni Eareckson Tada have cancer?2023-06-13T14:08:45-07:00

Joni Eareckson Tada was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in June of 2010. After surgery and chemotherapy, she was declared cancer-free. In late 2018, Joni’s breast cancer returned. She underwent radiation during the following year and continues an anti-cancer regimen today. There is currently no evidence of cancer remaining anywhere in her body. You can read all of Joni’s cancer updates here.

How old is Joni Eareckson now?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Joni is {current age} years old. She was born October 15, 1949.

Who did Joni Eareckson marry?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Joni Eareckson married Ken Tada on July 3, 1982 in Sun Valley, California. Until his retirement in 2003, Ken taught history and coached football at the same high school he attended as a teen. You can hear more from Joni and Ken on the podcast.

How did Ken meet Joni?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Ken and Joni were introduced to each other at a birthday party for a mutual friend from church.

Can Joni Eareckson Tada move her arms?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Joni Eareckson Tada injured her neck at the cervical level 4/5 and has no movement below her collarbone. Through therapy, Joni has learned how to make the most of the muscles in her shoulders so that she is able to move her arms to a certain degree. Braces on her forearms help her achieve additional control so that she can operate her motorized wheelchair with a joystick or feed herself with a special spoon inserted into her brace.

What does Ken Tada do for a living?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Until his retirement in 2003, Ken taught history and coached football at the same high school he attended as a teen. While he enjoys many retirement activities including fly fishing, he still takes an active role with Joni and Friends from his office, on the road with Joni, and as a Joni and Friends board member.

What nationality is Ken Tada?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Ken Tada is of Japanese descent and was born in California. He is sansei – meaning that his grandparents immigrated from Japan to the United States.

When did Joni Eareckson get married?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Joni Eareckson married Ken Tada on July 3, 1982.

Is Joni Eareckson married?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Joni Eareckson Tada has been married for {years married} years to her husband Ken Tada. Read more about Joni and Ken on the Joni and Friends Ministry Blog.

When was Joni Eareckson Tada born?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Joni Eareckson Tada was born October 15, 1949 in Maryland.


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