3-year-old Josten is a high-spirited and active little boy with an absolutely contagious smile. Just by looking at him, you wouldn’t be able to tell that he is fighting a rare bleeding disorder. Still, Josten refuses to let these challenges slow him down.
According to Josten’s mom, Josten absolutely adores camping. Camping, hiking, and swimming all help distract him from the stress that accompanies his doctor’s appointments. “Camping to our family is a time to get away from it all and just be together,” Wish Mom Shalaine shared. It was only fitting that Josten’s wish was to have a camper that would provide long-lasting memories for him and his family.
At first, it did not register with Josten that the camper standing in front of him actually belonged to him. Once it clicked that the camper was his to take home with him, he ran straight to the camper to see what the inside looked like. To say that Josten was excited would be an understatement. The camper was all decked out with balloons, a fire pit, food, and even his very own cornhole lawn game!
However, this camper means more to Josten and his family than just a vehicle to go camping in. “In my mind, this camper represents our support system and the thought that we are in no way alone. A calm comes over me at that thought,” Shalaine said. The camper truly is a way for Josten to momentarily leave behind the difficult road he has been traveling ever since his diagnosis.
Josten and his family are looking forward to all the memories they will make together in their new camper. Josten’s mom expressed her gratitude to all those involved in helping make Josten’s wish come true, saying, “The chances of Josten having Glanzmann’s is so rare that it is literally one-in-a-million. Thanks to Make-A-Wish and Central States Manufacturing, tonight he felt like one-in-a-million.”
Thank you to all those who helped make Josten’s wish come true, including Central States Manufacturing in Hartford for adopting Josten’s wish and NorthView Campers for helping find Josten the camper of his dreams.