Joshua is our little boy from Waldorf, Maryland. On Thanksgiving Day 2011, he had repeated bouts of seizures. He was later diagnosed with Gliomatosis Cerebri, a rare primary brain tumor. Unfortunately, the tumor has affected 1/3 of his brain. Josh turned 8 years old a week after he was diagnosed with cancer, but after every surgery, hospital visit, cycle of chemotherapy and medical check-up, he has shown such incredible resilience at a very young age. He described himself in three words – CALM, FEARLESS and BRAVE.
On September 15, 2012 THE JOSHUA PROJECT was launched for kids like Joshua who was diagnosed with Gliomatosis Cerebri, a rare form of Brain Cancer. Because Gliomatosis Cerebri is so rare, it does not receive the attention or funding so desperately needed to find a cure.
When The Joshua Project first came to mind, we asked him one question. “If someone made a sketch of you, what would you like?” He was consistent about two things. His fascination with dinosaurs and his dreams of being a chef someday. And that is how the Personally>T tote bag illustration was conceptualized. It embodies the imagination of a child as he fearlessly battles cancer with such calm innocence. You can purchase a bag at: www.joshuabembo.com.
He earned his angel wings on March 01, 2013. During his final moments, he was surrounded by family and friends whom he touched in many special ways throughout his short, yet very memorable life.
Please also consider making a donation to Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) to help the many kids fighting cancer. All proceeds from this fundraising project will go to the Center of Neuroscience Research at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. for their efforts to find a cure for Gliomatosis Celebri.
Joshua's family donated his tumor cells to CNMC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. It is our hope that this will further the search for the cure.
Once again, we thank you for your generosity.
The Joshua Project Team