Condition: Stage 3 Wilms Tumor
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: Hedrick Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 1012
Date Adopted: 11/09/2017
Joshua definitely fits the definition of “active little boy.” In fact, when watching Joshua be his happy, adventurous, and active self, it’s hard to imagine that he is just 2 years old, as he seems to have the strength and energy of a child many years older. So much so, that to some, Joshua is affectionately known as “Baby Hulk.”
It is also hard to imagine what this strong little boy has already been through in his short life. In April of 2017, Joshua’s grandmother felt a bump the size of a ping-pong ball in his abdomen while she was changing his diaper. And ultrasound revealed that something was there that shouldn’t be. Shortly after, a call from the doctor said that Joshua needed to be taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland immediately.
Joshua’s family packed up and drove to Portland in the middle of the night. On April 10th, 2017, Joshua was diagnosed with stage 3 Wilms Tumor, a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys. Two days later, Joshua endured a 5-hour surgery to completely remove his left kidney. The tumor was larger than a baseball and had completely overtaken Joshua’s kidney, and had also adhered part of his kidney to his lung and diaphragm.
Following surgery, Joshua endured 10 straight days of radiation treatment, in addition to two rounds of chemotherapy during this same time. This caused Joshua to become gaunt, pale, and to lose his hair. However, Joshua battled on, eventually receiving a total of 26 rounds of chemotherapy.
Joshua is now in clinical remission, but still has a long road ahead of him in this journey to healing. Fortunately, Joshua has regained his strength and doesn’t seem to let the fact that he is fighting cancer slow him down much these days. In fact, Joshua loves to wrestle and play any type of sport that involves a ball. He also loves cars and trains and loves to sing and dance. Joshua brings joy and inspiration to everyone who meets him and hears his story.
Joshua will be adopted as a Sparrow to Hedrick Middle School in Medford. Students at Hedrick will work hard to raise money for Joshua through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.