Just like his literary hero, Josiah has been through a lot of hardship in his first 10 years. With a rare skeletal disorder that requires him to have multiple surgeries and to travel to experts out of state, Josiah took to spending a lot of time in the books and movies of Harry Potter.
“Harry Potter has been with us through everything,” said Amanda, Josiah’s mother. Amanda also wasn’t surprised when Josiah asked to travel to Florida. He has to get treatments in California and wanted his wish to be something completely different.
“He’s had multiple back surgeries and has quite a bit of hardware inside him because of his spondylopathy,” said his mom, Amanda. “Josiah has to be quite cautious with impact and twisting, so we weren’t sure about the rides, but his doctors said he was totally okay to explore all the parks, which was so exciting for him and gave him so much to look forward to.”
Josiah was so excited about his trip that he created a project about Orlando, Florida before he went – it could not prepare him for everything he would experience on his wish.
“It was my first time trying Butterbeer and we also got to go on the castle ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Haggard’s motorcycle ride which were all so fun,” Josiah said. “I even got a new wand which is made from the same type of wood as Dumbledore’s wand and has a skull on it. It’s super cool.”
The magic continued beyond the Wizarding World, into all the activities the family tried in Florida.
“We went to Cocoa Beach and Josiah loved getting buried in the sand,” said his mom, Amanda. “We also went to Medieval Times which was fun.”
The family stayed at Give Kids the World where according to Amanda, “Josiah loved the unlimited ice cream and ate tons of it.”
After returning from this trip, Josiah loved being able to tell all his friends and teachers at school about his wish.
“He shared his project and had to add some things in to be able to explain everything his wish was for him,” said Amanda. “The trip gave us the best and most magical memories.”