About Josh-The WONDER
When Josh was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma at the age of four in 2004, we had no idea of the challenging journey ahead. Today, we are filled with gratitude to be celebrating 10 years past treatment this August 2015. Due to treatment, Josh lives with a tracheotomy (a hole in his neck to breathe), which he will most likely have as an adult. He is growth hormone deficient and endures daily chronic pain. Yet he is thriving as a freshman in high school. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2013. He loves video games and hanging out with his friends. However, his most favorite activity is time spent with his four older sisters, brother in laws and nephew when they come home to celebrate the holiday season. We have fought cancer as a family. We all have been impacted by Josh’s journey, each coping in our own unique way. As his mom, I found healing through writing and art, telling our “Mother & Son” story through painting on Josh’s x-rays. Watching my son endure treatment and now his daily struggles from chemotherapy and radiation damage is difficult, but I know there's got to be a better way. That's why research is important. We need to bridge the gap between the lab and clinical trial for children. The research at Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI) will be aimed at testing new and existing drugs against newly identified and known targets in childhood cancers in an effort to create more effective clinical trials. Would you join us in helping find a better way?