Josh was born with Cerebral Palsy, and specifically spastic quadriplegia. His muscles were so stiff in both arms and legs that he had great difficulty moving them and because of this, he used a motorized wheelchair. To combat the effects of his CP, Josh had 30 surgeries, most of which were during high school.
Despite his physical challenges, his intellect was never impacted. He graduated with a regular high school diploma in 4 years.
What truly made Josh a remarkable person was his ever-present smile and unshakeable friendliness towards others. No matter what he was going through, he was always encouraging others and making them laugh. Over the years, many people asked him how he stayed so positive despite his difficulties. He always answered the same way: His friends and family and especially his faith.
Josh had been a huge sports fan all his life. He fell in love with football and then specifically the Green Bay Packers in 1996, when he watched a game and became a huge fan of Reggie White. Since that day he never missed watching or listening to a game of theirs.
Josh’s dream was to go to Lambeau Field and watch his beloved Packers play in person. Any of you Packer’s fans know how hard it is to do this, let alone with Josh’s specific needs and being on Hospice. Through an amazing outpouring of love and support from Green Bay to Washington and from around the world, we were able to make this dream become a reality. This was made all the better because the game he got to attend had his close second favorite team playing: The Seattle Seahawks. While there he was able to meet with a number of Packer alumni and current Packer staff as well as tour the Green Bay Packer’s Hall of Fame and Museum.