A lover of science, Joshua co-founded the Robotics Club at his high school. The club was in its second year of existence when it earned a place at the state championships. Josh was proud to graduate from high school this June, but will continue to learn new things. The new graduate even spoke to his peers at the annual high school graduation ceremony at HackensackUMC.
In the winter of 2015, Josh was diagnosed with desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor, a rare soft-tissue sarcoma, and continues to undergo treatment. “This came out of nowhere,” Josh’s mother, Elyssa, says. “The support and generosity of family and friends, along with the treatment at HackensackUMC, have been so important.
The doctors and nurses are phenomenal. They have made a very difficult situation much easier.
Nearing the end of cycle seven of treatment, Josh describes the kindness of the nurses and child life specialists, along with the friends who came to visit. “Even though I’m here getting chemo, it helps to soothe the mood.”
Josh also credits the team members who helped him keep up with the robotics competition at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “They made sure I was able to go to that Sunday, and see everyone and do a little bit, controlling the robot.”
Wearing a baseball cap that reads, “Bite me cancer, attitude is everything,” Josh says. “It’s not all that necessary to freak out. You do what you have to do. You don’t want it, but you deal with it.”