Josh Sundquist featured speaker for El Paso Children's Milagro Gala
El Paso, Texas (January 30, 2017).- Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor, Josh Sundquist, will be the featured speaker at El Paso Children’s Hospital’s 2017 Milagro Gala, presented by West Texas Maxillofacial Surgery on March 24th at the El Paso Convention Center.
“We are honored to have Josh Sundquist as the featured speaker for our 6th Milagro Gala,” said El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Dennece Knight.
“Josh's story is one of those stories that stops you in your tracks...the kid who lost his leg to cancer at age 9...the teen who went on to be a Paralympic ski racer...the man who is a best-selling author and an inspiration to people all over the world.”
At age 9 Josh Sundquist’s life changed dramatically. He was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen. He took up ski racing three years later and in 2006 he was part of the Olympic U.S. Team as a paralympic ski racer.
“Josh's story in particular really speaks to our community because today El Paso Children's Hospital offers a National Cancer Institute certified Children's Oncology Group (COG), one of only 170 in the nation, that offers the latest research and protocols for our kid’s right here at home. Because of this research there is better than an 85% cure rate today for most children's cancers. 90% of all children with cancer are cared for at a COG,” said Knight.
Josh has spoken across the world to groups ranging from fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.
“Today, El Paso Children's Hospital has served 1 in 5 El Paso children and provides a level of pediatric specialty care that our children have never had before. Proceeds from the Milagro Gala benefit medical equipment, program support and family care grants,” Said Knight
Tickets to the March 24th Milagro Gala are $150. Tickets may be reserved through El Paso Children’s Foundation at 915/521-7229 with Leslie Lujan.