A lifelong resident of Lafayette, Indiana, Joe has been married to his wife, Tami, for 29 years. Together, they’ve raised 3 children. Their oldest son, Connor, is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington.
The Mackey’s lost their two youngest children, to two distinctly different Leukemias, in a span of just 30 months. In memory of their children, Joe and Tami established The Claire E. and Patrick G. Mackey Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Their foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 created to financially, emotionally, and spiritually support pediatric cancer families across the state of Indiana. The foundation funds pediatric specific genomic-based, scientific research being conducted at Indiana’s only comprehensive pediatric research hospital. Named for their 15-year-old daughter, Claire, and their 19 year-old-son, Patrick, the foundation remains one of the few organizations in the state to agitate for additional resources for the advancement of pediatric specific cancer research.
After working as a machinist for 27 years, Joe retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Lafayette and now is focused on their foundation work. Tami, a nurse at a local hospital, has cared for patients for over 15 years.