Joe and Janis Wuelfing are co-founders of the Markie Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families by supporting children's hospice programs. It was established in July 1999 to honor their first son, Mark Warren Wuelfing, who died at four months from an undiagnosed neurological disorder. Janis, a former elementary and high school teacher, and Joe, a marketing professional, share a passion for assisting other families in need. The couple devotes significant time to increasing awareness of children's hospice and palliative care services, while helping to raise thousands of dollars towards this worthwhile cause. Along with their six other children, Joe and Janis reside in Rocklin, California (just east of Sacramento), where they are involved with a number of other community, school, and church activities.