Joshua was born on 24th August 1995. He was a very heathy 8lb 7oz. Much loved by Sean and Denise, his parents and five Brothers and Sisters. Joshua was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumour in July 2004, aged 8 years old.
During early diagnosis, Joshua had a lifesaving operation to fit a shunt, to control hydrocephalus (water on the brain) relieving the pressure on his brain. A further operation to remove the tumours was too dangerous and was not an option.
Chemotherapy was started in August 2004. A scan was given at the end of the 3 courses out of the four. The results were unsuccessful, Joshua was tragically diagnosed as terminally ill.
The medical team felt that radiotherapy would be advantageous to stabilise the tumours providing addition time and quality of life.
Joshua's battle continued for a further 8 years, which astounded his consultants and medical team. Joshua was always smiling, touching everyone that met him. He was so brave, family was everything to him as he was to them.
Joshua had a strong love of art, music and motorbikes. He met his pop Idols JLS (Rays of Sunshine) he went to Disneyland Paris (Ellie Savage Memorial Trust) sailing with Ellen MacArthur Trust, meeting Scooby Doo (Make-a-Wish foundation) and so much more.
Sadly, Joshua relapsed Easter 2011. Joshua had a new shunt fitted. Further devastation followed, Joshua wasn't improving as the family expected or hoped. Joshua's tumours had started to grow again. He was given a holding chemo for a year and improved beyond recognition. Joshua relapsed again in March 2012.
Joshua lost his brave fight on April 29th 2012 aged 16 years and 8 months with his parents and brothers by his side at Milton Hospice EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospice's)
Joshua inspires us every day Joshua Tarrant Trust is dedicated to his memory. Every pound raised contributes 100% to helping provide rehabilitation for children with brain tumours and support their families with this life changing illness.