St. Mary’s Pediatric Day Healthcare Program (PDHC) is pleased to announce the December Hero of the Month was awarded to Joshua.

16-year old Josh has been part of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children since 2004 and is a patient in the PDHC program, a therapeutic and medical after-school, weekend, and summer camp program for children and young adults who have cognitive and physical disabilities.

Josh is diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis and Asthma, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a strong and determined young man. Joshua approaches his challenges with confidence and pushes himself to the limits during his physical therapy sessions. Joshua always has a smile on his face and inspires other patients to look beyond their disabilities and celebrate their accomplishments.

Josh is a true role model for patients as he helps the young children complete their homework and enjoys mentoring and assisting them in making smart and safe choices.

Using therapeutic, rehabilitative, and recreational activities, St. Mary’s PDHC staff help children with special healthcare needs develop every capability to his or her fullest. Caregivers work with participants to promote their skills, confidence, and independence in a nurturing and fun environment.

St. Mary’s staff and patients congratulate Josh for his honorable distinction and encourage him to keep being the real hero he is.