Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson

Born: May, 1994

Josh Nelson

  • Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2003
  • Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma

Some facts about my treatment:

Had sugery to remove as much of the tumor as they could, 31 radiation treatments and 52 weeks of chemotherapy.

What I want people to know about me

I don’t like it when people label me as “handicapped” because the definition of the word andicapped is “Something that puts someone at a disadvantage by a physical or mental defect.” That definition may describe what poeple see at first glance, but I am so much more than that. I can make my disadvantage my advantage and my disability my ability, I tell pople that I am handicapable instead.

My favourite day was

Every time I got to go to Camp Trillium

The worst thing about having cancer

Because of my situation and limitations, I am left out of a lot of things.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a special effects technician or do something where I can produce graphics and animations on a computer using Photoshop

My message to other kids undergoing treatment

Stay strong, never give up, don’t let the cancer and the treatments control or take over your life.

If you could have one superpower strength, what would it be?

I think it would be cool to be able to fly, total freedom

If I had three wishes they would be…

A million dollars, some for me, some to buy my family our dream home, some to help the rest of my family and some to help people have a future without cancer and a trip to Hawaii

I’m involved with Coast to Coast because…

I love what they are doing and who they are doing it for. I was one of the kids receiving treatment once, and this is a great way for me to show my thanks and appreciation

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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