Family Seeks Help During Time of Need

In 2017, when resident Josh Cohen was in the third grade, he discovered that he had a large Wilms Tumor on his left kidney. Since then, he has had the affected kidney removed, and has undergone 12 rounds of chemotherapy and 13 radiation treatments at Dana Farber and Children’s Hospital. Just as Josh and his family were beginning to slip back into their normal lives, they received the devastating news that his bone marrow is failing. He was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), which is a condition where the bone marrow no longer makes enough healthy cells for him to survive. The Cohen Family is prepared to fight again and Josh will need a bone marrow transplant to save his life, which means that Josh will have to endure many months of isolation to protect him from infection as the treatment takes hold.

The Cohen family is asking the community for help so they can provide for Josh and his brother Alex.

“We are devastated to be asking for the help and support of our community once again,” said April Cohen, Josh’s mother.” We are heartbroken to be in this position but we have to do what needs to be done. That will mean going from two incomes to one in the near future. If you can help us, please donate to the GoFundMe page at:

If our story has inspired you to become a bone marrow donor please join one of the many registries ( We are very grateful for even something as small as a warm smile in a difficult time. Josh is a very strong young man but the road ahead is difficult and we are all eternally grateful for this strong and generous community.”

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