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Josh is going to Disneyland

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 | Posted by

Josh and his new Lightning McQueen pillow toy.

2011 was a tumultuous year for 5-year old Josh Durant and his family, but the New Year is beginning on a much brighter note. They’re going to Disneyland!

Thanks to the folks at the Make a Wish Foundation, Josh, his parents Beth and Jake, and his sisters, 12-year old Ashley, 9-year old Krystal, and 2-year old Samantha will be visiting Disneyland from February 9 to 14. They also have a day set aside to visit Knott’s Berry Farm.

Josh is especially looking forward to meeting two of his favorite Disney characters, Buzz Lightyear and Lightning McQueen.

In the Fall of 2010, the Durants noticed that their then-three year old son Josh’s scrotum was swollen. During surgery to remove what they thought was a hernia, doctors discovered one of his testicles was filled with a large tumor. Pathology identified it as Yolk Sac Carcinoma. More tests revealed the cancer had spread to his abdomen and chest.

At its worst, Josh’s tumor markers were over 100,000.  His last set of scans show them down to what his mom calls an amazing 1.9, the lowest they have been since all of this began over a year ago.

“After three surgeries, four bone scans and six rounds of in-patient chemo at UC San Francisco this year, we are so looking forward to starting fresh in 2012,” says Beth.

  • http://www.cloverdalecarshow.com Nancy Lucas

    Enjoy your special trip and have a good time, Family. Our prayers are with you and have a good year ahead. **hugs**

  • Maggie

    Prayers be with you all on your fun-filled family trip…Don’t forget to give good ol’ Mickey a great big hug too..That is after you meet you favorite characters Buzz Lightyear and Lightning McQueen!

  • Joan Tillman

    So happy to hear that the Make a Wish Foundation was able to provide this amazing vacation for you and your family. You are going to have such a fun time! Say Hi to all the Disney Characters from Cloverdale. We’ll be thinking of you. Keep up the good work!

  • Paula Legro

    Josh, Make is Wish is awesome. You and your family will have a wonderful time. So very glad you are feeling well and on the road to recovery!!! <3 <3

  • http://www.lotstodoinline.com Meredith Pierce

    Hi, I just wrote a book/app to help make standing in line at Disneyland fun for kids and their grownups. I do not know if this family will be standing in line or not, but if they are I would like to offer them a free copy of Lots To Do In Line Disneyland in book or mobile app form. I hope it might make their time at the magic kingdom even more magical.

    • Mary Jo Winter

      I will forward your contact information to them, Meredith.

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