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 aspired to be a pilot and had a great love of aviation.
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 Hackensack University Medical Center, have been so important.”
Throughout his illness, Josh told his story to fellow patients, community leaders, professionals, and even on television. Josh spoke about the need for more funding for pediatric cancer research with passion. He transformed cancer from science and statistics to a young man with passions and promise.
In 2018, Josh passed away. His message of courage and determination continues to inspire.
Josh once said, “Every day I hear about another child who has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, or who has passed away from one. It just doesn’t need to be this way.”