As you all know we suffered the worst loss any parent can suffer—the loss of our only child.
In the words of his friend, Andrew: “I looked at Josh’s accounts to try and remember him. His last activity on LinkedIn was a post that had a quote which said, I am not impressed by your money, position, or title. I am impressed by how you treat others...I want to say thank you, Josh. Thank you for a childhood full of fun and adventure. Thank you for being the instigator, that person right in the thick of it. Thank you for being the person who was so charming no matter what they did that you couldn’t help but love them. Thank you for being my friend. When I reflect on who I am today I know that you, Josh, deeply impacted me with your magnetic charisma, ability to brighten any situation, and unrelenting pursuit of fun.”
Josh struggled mightily to overcome his problems, but it was just too much at a certain point. He tried every treatment willingly and fully for years. He wrote the most heart-wrenching note to us without the slightest bit of anger. In it he said he wanted us to help others afflicted by similar problems.
With that in mind, this weekend, I am going to try to walk the 33 miles to the cemetery where he is buried.
If each of you could donate any amount to NAMI-NYC, it would be a wonderful way to remember Josh, his achievements, and his struggles. Thank you.