‘You couldn’t help but to love him’: St. Jude to recognize Macon boy who died from cancer

5-year-old Joshua Solomon’s parents ensure that his life will be remembered.

MACON, Georgia — A few years ago, 13WMAZ introduced you to the parents of Joshua Solomon, founders of Joshua’s Wish.

Labrina and Trent Solomon founded the nonprofit in memory of their son Joshua, who died of a brain tumor at age 5.

Tuesday morning, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will acknowledge Joshua.

It’s a story that comes straight from the heart.

Joshua loved people, music, TV shows, playing with friends and family… the list goes on.

“He just had a very, very infectious personality where you would just love him. You couldn’t help but love him,” Trent said.

“I always knew he was a very special kid,” Labrina said.

On August 14, 2009, Labrina and Trent Solomon’s lives changed forever.

They lost their 5-year-old son Joshua.

“Because of an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma,” Trent said.

In his honor, they founded a non-profit organization called Joshua’s Wish in 2010.

“We started Joshua’s Wish to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise research funding for a cure because childhood cancer is generally underfunded.” said Labrina.

Joshua’s Wish also helps support children in Georgia who have cancer and are undergoing treatment.

Through Joshua’s Wish, they donated $173,500 to St. Jude for cancer research and $80,000 to students doing DIPG research.

The money donated was raised by organizing multiple community events, such as an annual gala to celebrate Joshua’s birthday and Joshua’s annual Run in Spirit.

On July 6, Joshua’s story will be recognized through a project called The United States of St. Jude.

“They’ve selected families from every state to share their stories to provide hope, inspiration and generosity,” Labrina said.

Joshua was chosen to represent Georgia.

“I know he will be excited to represent Georgia,” Labrina said.

Labrina and Trent say Joshua loved St. Jude and St. Jude loved him. He was treated there before he died.

Trent calls this recognition a full-circle moment.

“This lets us know that his life was special, that his life mattered, his life was important… it continues to bless others even though he is no longer with us,” Trent said.

If you would like to support Joshua’s Wish, you can find more information here.

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