My Story

Welcome to Joshua's website. Joshua was under treatment for Leukemia (ALL, B-cell) from November 18, 2010 (when he was 6 years old) until March 28, 2014.  

Through Joshua's ups and downs during treatment we learned so much about the human spirit.  Joshua's resilience, struggles and perseverance through this experience were inspiring.  He truly is a one-of-a-kind and it was his fighting spirit that helped him get through the very tough days and onto better days ahead.

The care and support of The Valerie Centers for treatment and a caring team of friends and neighbors helped carry us through.  Every year we participate in the Valerie Fund Walk as team Joshua's Joggers to help give back to the center that provided support so our family could remain together during treatment.


Denise Friedson posted a new journal entry, "Latest Medical News & the June 14 Walk".

Dear All,Latest blood results from Joshua’s check this month have his ANC (white cell count that fights bacteria -- above 4,000 – higher than it has been since he ... Read more

Denise Friedson added a new photo.

Denise Friedson posted a new journal entry, "No More Chemo!".

The month has been a whirlwind of milestones for Joshua. The month started with Joshua’s last intravenous chemo and port removal surgery. Since our last update, Joshua ... Read more

Denise Friedson added a new photo.

Lisa Ciccarelli signed Joshua's Guestbook.

We are so happy you are at the end. March 28th will be your second birthday. We celebrate Bethany's last day of chemo just like a birthday. Out to dinner with her friends, ... Read more

Machinski signed Joshua's Guestbook.

Josh...What wonderful milestones you have accomplished and once again have proven what a strong and brave young man you are.  Keep up the excellent work!Frank Robyn ... Read more

Cheryl Kriney signed Joshua's Guestbook.

You're almost there!!!  Woo hoo!!! I can only imagine what a long hard trip it has been, but you are so close and I hope any difficulties you had with this last surgery ... Read more

Jamie McLaughlin signed Joshua's Guestbook.

Hi Joshua - So happy that you are feeling a bit better every day!  This has been a long hard road and each positive milestone brings with it many challenges.(Operating ... Read more

Stephanie signed Joshua's Guestbook.

P.S. Joshua, you're almost a black belt now? That's very cool. I'm afraid Jacob gave up TaeKwonDo in favor of hip-hop and drums. But if you or Julianne are Pokemon fans, ... Read more

Stephanie signed Joshua's Guestbook.

For so many reasons, I have tears in my eyes. Congratulations on nearing the end of this hard road, Friedson family. Each of you has been a welcome reminder of how strong ... Read more

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