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Joshua Visits Silicon Valley

Josh visits Silcon Valley

“ We loved everything and are so lucky to have had an amazing time. ”


- Josh's mother

Like many 11-year-old boys, Josh loves cookies, pepperoni pizza, and playing Minecraft. Unlike many 11-year-old boys, however, Josh was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

While being treated at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, a social worker recommended Joshua to Make-A-Wish and his adventure began. 

Josh, from north suburban Buffalo Grove, loves video games was curious as to what it was like to work in Silicon Valley. He wanted to know what a day in the life of a big technology company was like, so Make-A-Wish arranged for Joshua and his family to visit Silicon Valley, with visits to see behind-the-scenes of world-famous tech companies that intrigued him the most.

After having finished radiation just a week prior, the family boarded a plane to San Francisco, and when they touched down in California, Josh and his family were overwhelmed and ready to experience a unique perspective of Google. They spent the trip touring the Google campus and learning the ins and outs of an ever-changing world of technology. He even got to take home some souvenirs including a pair of Google glasses!

“We loved everything and are so lucky to have had an amazing time,” Joshua’s parents wrote to Make-A-Wish.

There was time for fun in the sun too. Josh and his family also had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.

“The Make-A-Wish volunteers were amazing and did everything we had asked for. They still email from time to time to check in on how Josh is doing. We couldn’t have been luckier,” Josh’s mom, Lisa, shared.

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