Mrs. Joan Agagon Datu has been the driving force, along with her late husband Dr. Datu, behind the success of the Love for Life Foundation of Filipino American Physicians in America (LFLF) and the Dr Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC).
Born in the Visayan region of the Philippines, she received her degree in nursing from the University of the Philippines. She worked as a full time registered nurse in the United States while also raising two daughters. She is a vigorous promoter of the Love for Life Foundation within the local community and throughout New England, recruiting supporters far and wide, encouraging participation in medical missions, focusing attention to the needs of the poor of the Philippines. She has been an active participant in every medical mission to the Philippines the Love for Life Foundation has organized, dating back over 15 years.
When Dr. Datu tragically passed in 2008, the Dr. Jesus A Datu Medical Center was just in its initial phases of construction. Mrs. Datu, without missing a step, took over the supervision and completion of the building. Pushing through overwhelming grief, with her strong faith as her foundation, she remained in the Philippines for several months to complete what Dr. Datu started. She met with Physicians for Peace Philippines and the Kapampangan Development Foundation and formed a collaboration where they would assist in the daily operation of the JADMC.
Because of her, the LFLF is well established and highly respected within the community and the JADMC has become the leading charity hospital in Southeast Asia, helping thousands of underprivileged Filipinos obtain the healthcare they deserve.