About Josh

On Wednesday June 3, 2009, Josh was involved in a car crash due to distracted driving. He suffered a severe impact to the back of his head.  Josh was taken to the London Health Sciences Hospital and we had the call every parent dreads.  Josh was 17 years old.

When we got to the hospital the doctors told us that they had tried everything they could, but that there was nothing they could do and that Josh was brain dead.  We were told that a Trillium Nurse would be coming to talk to us, and without hesitation we decided to donate Josh's organs.  We stayed by his bedside, held his hand, and stroked his hair.  We knew he had gone, but it didn't stop us talking to him. We told him how much we loved him and how proud we were of him.  A lot of his friends came to say goodbye, some staying all night.

Our son was a great kid. He was a funny, well-liked, and humble teenager.  He had started flying lessons at St. Thomas Airport.  He had been voted Prom Prince only the Saturday before his accident and he had such a fantastic time that night — he seemed so full of the enjoyment of life.  We found out after his death that he had been voted Valedictorian for his graduating year, and we accepted his high school diploma and made the Valedictorian speech on his behalf.  He got along with everybody he knew and could always be counted on for a shoulder to cry on.

He loved playing on his X-Box, listening to music, playing his drums, and being with his friends.

We are positive people and we wanted to celebrate our son.  We will never get over his death for the rest of our lives, we miss him every day, but knowing the change that he has made does give us a great deal of comfort.  So, as Josh did in life

dance as if no one's watching,
sing as if no one's listening,
love as if you've never been hurt,
live as if you've got nothing to lose