2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Joshua
Joshua is a charismatic and inquisitive 4-year-old who loves cars, singing, reading, exploring and playing the piano. In 2012, he was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE), a rare autoimmune condition where eosinophils—a type of white blood cell—build up in the lining of the esophagus. EOE lowers immunity and reduces the body’s ability to fight infections. It also affects the body’s ability to swallow food and can cause significant food and environmental allergies.
Joshua recently traveled to Washington, DC, with other children who have EOE to raise awareness about the issues children and families face while coping with this rare condition. His previous trip to Capitol Hill trip was successful in helping secure a five-year, $6.25 million grant through the National Institutes of Health to help find a cure.