Joshua's van: family hopes to fulfill the dream of their son

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Fulfilling a dream, five years after a family lost their son to cancer they are working on building his dream ride to help kids get to and from chemo treatments.

You may have heard about 11 year old Joshua Holms battle with a rare form of cancer in 2008. The Eau Claire family also is involved with Joshua’s Camp.

The Holm family says Joshua had a dream to have a fun way for him and his friends to get to his cancer treatments in Milwaukee, but his parents say their son never lived to see that dream rolling down the road. Now they're close to truly driving his dream to the finish line.

“He said he wanted an R.V. with specifically three TVs. One with a PlayStation, one with a DVD player and one with a Wii,” Pete Holm said.

Holm says his son Josh wanted the van to be a place to escape the realities of going to treatment.

“It makes chemo days seem like a something to look forward to instead of dreading so much,” he added.

“It’s been a lot of fun to make the speaker covers and just all the other craftsmanship that goes into the van,” Joshua’s brother Jamie said.

After the family lost Joshua in 2008 they decided to make his wishes come true, and with the help of a donation they were able to buy the van that also doubles as a space to carry their stuffed animal maker.

“Our whole goal is who cares about a toy or who cares about whatever. Its about making somebody go from right on the verge of giving up to excited about life,” Pete Holm said.

The family says they have been returning to the hospital where Joshua got treatment every month to bring toys to kids.

“It just tears you apart and if you have somebody going through cancer you're talking months and years of separation,” Holm said.

For the Holm family, being able to finish the dream will mean they can bring smiles back to the kids fighting for their life.

“Our goal is to get it finished up and get it to a place where it can provide transportation a lot more often,” Holm said.

“It will be nice to get the Sprinter van done and get all of his dreams accomplished,” Joshua’s mom Darla said.

The Holm family says beside the initial donation to buy the van all of the modifications and electronics have been paid out of pocket.

If you'd like to donate to the van project, we have a link to the family’s website below.

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