Joshua O’Connor has been awarded the Little Trooper of the month award for his bravery.
Joshua’s Dad serves in the Royal Air Force. Joshua’s Dad told us-
“Joshua is an incredible little boy. He has been through so much in his first 8 years, after his twin brother James was diagnosed with an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour aged just 2.
He supported his brother through many brain surgeries and different treatments from Chemotherapy to Radiotherapy and more. He was just the best brother to James, helping him every single day, and always being there by his side. James sadly passed away in February this year, and Joshua was with him right up until the end, and speaks about him every day since.
On the first day of the summer holiday, Joshua asked for a basketball to play with at home, and after playing with it for 5 minutes he unfortunately hit his finger straight on the ball, causing a fracture across the middle of his finger. He was so brave throughout, just like how he faced James’ treatments and passing, and found the x-ray quite funny in fact. After the fracture was confirmed, he spent the whole summer with his hand strapped up. He didn’t complain once, and somehow managed to find the positives in everything. That is just how Joshua faces life, he always looks for the positives, and does everything with a smile. Our hero.”
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “Our Little Trooper of the Month award scheme is about recognising military children who have been through exceptional circumstances and have shown bravery and resilience. Joshua is an incredible young boy who has been through so much in his short life. It’s amazing to hear how he was such a supportive brother and how he has stayed positive this summer after such a turbulent year. We hope he wears his medal with pride and that it helps him to see what a special little trooper he really is.”
This month’s Little Trooper of the Month Award has kindly been sponsored by The Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM)