Josh has always wanted to travel to Italy and he told his wish grantors his reason for choosing Italy was to meet Pope Francis. Being a teenager is already tough with school, sports, friends and thinking about the future, but Josh had a different experience than most. When diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Josh faced a life-threatening medical condition. He didn’t let it get him down. He stayed strong in life and with his faith. His faith has been a big support system through his tough times and why it was important for him to meet the Pope in person and have him pray for him.
The Luker family started their travels in Rome, visiting major historical landmarks, such as, the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain. Then it was the big day, to meet Pope Francis! Josh said, “I was really nervous as I waited to meet the Pope, but when he came to speak to me, I became very calm. I asked him to pray for me. He asked for me to pray for him too. I was very moved by his kindness and his gentle voice.”
The next leg of their journey led them to the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. Josh and his family explored the countryside together, where they were able to tour the olive groves and grape vineyards, as well as the bee hives and animals on the property at I Greppi DiSilli. The Tuscan Countryside is now Josh and his brother Matt’s new favorite place!
Joshua and his family ended their trip in Florence, Italy. They had the chance for a little more sightseeing before they began the journey back to the U.S. Josh had an amazing time and will remember this wish experience for the rest of his life!