Joshua's Wish to go to Paris to Watch Neymar Jr. play!

Joshua is a 17-year-old boy who lives with cystic fibrosis and his wish was to go to Paris to watch his favourite soccer player Neymar Jr. play in a soccer match! Joshua is an outgoing, active, and ambitious young man who has a great love for sports and especially soccer.

On January 21st, 2018 Joshua was surprised at school by all the grade twelve students. As Joshua was walking in the cafeteria, the students chanted his name while holding a huge sign that displayed these 6 words “Joshua your wish is coming true!” His friends and family gathered around while his wish was announced on the big screen. “Joshua pack your bags, because you are leaving for Paris, France to watch St. Germain (Neymar Jr.’s team) play in a soccer match!” Joshua and his family were overwhelmed with joy! An amazing day for sure but would not compare to Joshua’s trip!

Joshua's trip in his own words “Make-A-Wish® blessed my family and I with a week-long vacation to the beautiful city of Paris, France. My wish was to watch the most incredible soccer team, Paris St-Germain, play a live match in Paris. Make-A-Wish® granted me my wish and now I am writing to thank all those involved in making my wish come true.

"My wish began on the 21st of February when my family and I were picked up to go to the airport by an amazing limousine. We then flew from Ottawa-Montreal and then Montreal-Paris. Throughout the entire flight I could barely contain my excitement! Upon arriving in Paris I could not wait to explore the amazing city in which we would be staying in. On our first day we were extremely tired so we stayed at the hotel and rested. The next day we got the full Paris experience by visiting some of the most famous monuments in France. While visiting we got to see things like the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Coeur, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Art Gallery, and the Palace of Versailles. After seeing all these incredible monuments in Paris, it was time for the highlight of my trip. It was finally the day I’d been waiting for, it was game day. The stadium was packed, and we had incredible seats. Not to mention the VIP experience which included a player meet and greet and a touchline view of the team’s pregame warm-up. This was for sure my favourite part of the entire trip. Not only did PSG get a 3-0 victory but I also got to see my favourite player, Neymar Jr., play in a live match which was all a dream come true. The final days of our extraordinary vacation were spent with my family who travelled from England to see us. We enjoyed the lovely Paris restaurants as well as the incredible shopping centres found in the city. Once again, I would like to thank the Make-A-Wish® organization for making my wish come true!”

Thank you to Sony, Tugo insurance, Tip Limousine, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, PSG, and the France Make-A-Wish® chapter for helping make Joshua’s wish come true!

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