On August 6, The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, whose mission is to “give help and hope to children and their families who have brain tumors and post surgery disabilities,” will hold a charity tandem skydive to raise money for the organization. In 2004, Joshua Wilson was three years old when he was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor. Surgery to remove the tumor left Josh with several post-surgery disabilities, including epilepsy, scoliosis, chest problems and a brain injury, which proved to be a costly and emotional challenge for Josh’s parents, Dawn and Colin.
In 2013, the family founded The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity in an effort to give back.
That same year, Josh was told several times that he had only 48 hours to live. Josh, nicknamed SuperJosh, defied all expectations, turning 14 in August of 2014, but unfortunately passed away in November. “Josh was 14 and put more smiles on faces than I could ever in a full lifetime. The work that Josh and his mum have carried out through the charity is incredible and has helped so many other people,” said Sacha Lord-Marchionne, a patron of the charity after Josh passed. “Probably the biggest honour in my life, was when Josh’s mum, Dawn, asked me to become patron of the charity.“
“I was lucky enough to celebrate his 14th birthday with him. It was incredible to see so many people come together.”
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity has raised £450,000 and aided more than 1,490 cancer patients since Josh’s passing. The 14,000 foot tandem skydive will take place over the breathtaking Lake District, a mountainous region in North West England. “It’s something that’s been on my bucket list for a while, but I never got round to working up the courage till now. Thinking of the money raised, and the help this can provide to the families that SuperJosh support is what pushed me over the edge, literally,” says Adam, one of the divers.
The charity helps in a variety of ways, including giving families grants for travel and hospital expenses and providing specialist equipment and home renovations, such as ceiling track hoists and through-floor lifts. The organization also treats families to vacations after chemotherapy and donates Xbox’s, TVs and iPads to cancer hospitals. Sir Peter Martin Fahy said, “Some people make a huge impact in a short life and change the attitudes of many others and Josh was one of those people.”
“He challenged your view of mental and physical disability because of his great love for life and the way he reacted to things around him,” said Sir Peter Martin Fahy, former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. The money raised through the skydive will also help a local child purchase an electronic drum set to relieve stress and frustration. The boy’s mother told the charity, “You have made our son’s year. He is music crazy and now has an outlet to help with his emotions. We really can’t thank you enough, it doesn’t seem enough thank you.”
The Jump4Josh tandem skydive will take place at Skydive Northwest at the Cark Airfield in Flookburgh on August 6.