Joshua's Story

Organ donor Joshua LThe following was shared by Angela and David Leonard, parents of Joshua


Our son, Joshua Michael Leonard, was an amazing young man. He had just graduated college with certifications in welding, and had great plans. He was a volunteer at our local fire department, an avid fisherman and hunter and he was a mentor in the youth hunting and fishing programs. Joshua enjoyed playing baseball, bowling and riding his motorcycle.


He loved his friends as if they were an extension of his family, and them as well in return. He loved having campfires with his friends, and just hanging out.


He was a 'little big brother' to his older sister, Kristina. They meant the world to each other, and were almost inseparable. Whenever she would call or text, he would drop everything to answer, even if he was in class. Joshua was very much a family man and loved the holidays because it meant more time to spend with family. When family would draw away, he was always quick to wrangle them back in.


He loved spending time up north at the family cabin, where he would ATV on the many trails, and fish in the lake right outside the cabin.


His girlfriend, who he planned on marrying, meant the world to him as well. He was an amazing son and will be deeply missed.


We were very proud of him at such a young age to have made the decision to become an organ donor as this was a very important subject that was instilled in him growing up. I would like to thank all the personnel that were there for my boy, the two individuals that stopped to help, St Nazianz first responders, Valders Fire and Rescue, ThedaStar, and all the staff at Theda Hospital. Had it not been for all their efforts, Joshua's final wish of organ donation would not have been possible.