The Joshua Boyd Sentel Memorial Scholarship was established by Kenzie’s Chromosome Crusaders in 2019 to honor the memory of Joshua Boyd Sentel.
Joshua was born in 1978 and was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth. Within the first few months of life, Joshua started early intervention therapies to address the developmental delays that are often associated with Down syndrome. These therapies played a vital role in advancing his development while providing support and encouragement for his parents.
Joshua courageously battled sickness much of his life due to a congenital heart defect. In 1980, at almost 16 months old, he had open heart surgery to correct the defect. It was at this time that Joshua tragically passed away. In Joshua’s short time here on Earth, he touched the lives of all that knew him. He had a smile that could light up a room and a spirit that shined like the brightest of stars.
Although his life was short-lived, Joshua left a legacy that is shared with others by his parents. Only being in their twenties at the time of his birth, they learned from an early age the positive aspects of having a child with a disability. Over the years they have been an inspiration to many by sharing their story, and Joshua’s life with others.
This scholarship will carry Joshua’s legacy forward to future generations through the students it recognizes. On behalf of Joshua’s family and everyone at Kenzie’s Chromosome Crusaders, best wishes and may his spirit forever shine bright through the work you pursue and the lives that you touch.