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Josh's wish to have a shopping spree, 2000

Josh's shopping spree wish

“ The wish gave my family a break from everyday realities. ”

- Josh

In 1999, Josh was enjoying high school as a student and an all-star athlete. But, after bumping heads with a fellow wrestler during a tournament and getting a concussion, Josh’s cat-scan revealed something that no teenage boy would anticipate. The scan showed that Josh had a cancerous tumor in his brain. This meant that he had to stop playing sports and start visiting the hospital instead.

“I didn’t understand what the tumor meant,” said Josh. “But I guess it was a blessing in disguise because without suffering from the concussion, I may not have found out about the tumor until it was too late.”

In 2000, a few months after the diagnosis, Josh was referred to Make-A-Wish Colorado and his wish was to have a shopping spree.

“My condition was a financial burden on my family so I decided to use the money I was given on the shopping spree to purchase gifts for my family,” said Josh. “The wish gave my family a break from everyday realities and we were able to enjoy spending time together.”

Today, Josh is 28 years old and is celebrating 11 years of remission. He owns a health and wellness company, Unification Point, and teaches individuals and corporations about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Knowing, personally, the impact a wish come true can have on child facing extreme odd, Josh has also become a sponsor, paying it forward so other children can receive the same sense of hope, strength and joy that Josh did on his wish.

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