Wish kid, Joseph "aka Jo Jo", age 4, is battling neuroblastoma, which is an aggressive form of childhood cancer. Joseph enjoys sports and playing outside with his twin brother, Patrick. He is especially fond of cows, pick-up trucks and tractors.
Joseph was diagnosed at age 2 ½. From August 2010 to October 2011 he underwent treatment to fight his disease; including 6 rounds or chemotherapy, 2 surgeries, a stem cell transplant, 12 rounds of radiation and 6 months of antibody treatments. Immediately after his diagnoses, Joseph began aggressive treatment and spent over 121 days as an in-patient at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He received 13 blood and platelet transfusions and spent countless hours in the oncology clinic for treatments and exams.
“When you hear that your child has a rare and aggressive cancer your whole world changes. You feel as if you don’t have control of anything, and that feeling of helplessness is so overwhelming that it will literally bring you to your knees in an instant. After they told us that Joseph had cancer, we knew that nothing would ever be the same for our family. But we also immediately understood, in a way we couldn't’t have before, how precious life is and how lucky we are to be his parents. We began looking for, and finding, countless blessings at every corner.” said Angela, Joseph’s mom.
We are happy to report that Joseph is currently in remission and goes back to the hospital every 4 months for scans and check-ups by his oncologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital.