The Manchester-based Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity (charity reg number 1151518) – affectionately known as SuperJosh has appointed Rehabilitation for Independence Managing Director Mark Rybczynski as a Trustee.
In 2003 Joshua was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour. Life-saving surgery to remove the tumour left Josh with serious post-surgery disabilities, Josh was just three years old. Josh’s parents Dawn and Colin began a new journey bringing up their boy who now had complex needs; this brought them costly challenges and difficult battles to fight in order to ensure that Josh could lead a positive and happy life.
Almost ten years later, on Josh’s 13th Birthday in 2013, Josh’s mum Dawn launched The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity with the aim of helping other families living with childhood brain tumours and post-surgery disabilities.
Since Josh passed away, Dawn’s family and friends have maintained their commitment to his charity by helping young people and their families affected by brain tumours and post-surgery disabilities lead a happier life.
Mark Rybczynski, Director of Rehabilitation for Independence, was appointed as trustee in January; treated Josh following his surgery and has been heavily involved with the charity ever since.
“I’ve been involved with the SuperJosh charity for many years, and I’m very proud to be part of something so special.
The team is extremely passionate about continuing Josh’s legacy of helping others. The tireless hard work that Dawn and her team do to make every event special, makes me proud to be a part of the SuperJosh family.”
Josh’s legacy lives on in the amazing volunteers that continue to help poorly children and their families. The Charity has now raised over £900,000 and have helped over 1,900 families.