Josh’s brave fight
JOSH Ruane and family would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks to the Childers community for all their well wishes and support during the 14 months Josh spent in Brisbane undergoing treatment for leukemia.
In the course of his treatment, Josh suffered many setbacks through complications with the treatment he was receiving. The biggest setback was losing the use of his arms and legs and being told he might never walk again.
Somehow, this amazing young man found the strength to fight back not only the once but twice more to prove the doctors wrong.
On April 1, Josh underwent a bone marrow transplant with bone marrow donated by his older brother, Stephen.
Six months after the transplant, with some minor setbacks behind him, Josh was in remission and was finally allowed to return home with only monthly visits to Brisbane.
In October, Josh returned to Isis High as well as his beloved Army Cadets with a determination to have a normal life again that was awesome.
Josh is now walking on his own and has firmly in place his goals for the future of finishing school, doing a carpentry apprenticeship and then joining the army to become a combat engineer.
It has been these goals and sheer determination to not let this disease beat him that has enabled this brave young man to get to where he is today.
RECOVERY: Josh Ruane.