Make-A-Wish? More like Make-A-Ninja Warrior


The Make-A-Wish foundation surprised a Colorado Springs kid with his own American Ninja Warrior setup.

“Obviously, being diagnosed at the age of 3 he didn’t really have a childhood. With the treatments and the hair falling out, he couldn’t be around people,” said Joe Salmoiraghi, father to 5-year-old Joshua. 

Joshua had been battling stage four kidney cancer since he was 3 years old. He has fought it twice now. Joshua was in remission then it came back. He just finished his last treatments in October of last year and he has been in the clear since then.

“You just think, it’s never going to be me, it’s never going to be my child,” said Amanda Salmoiraghi, Joshua’s mom.

The Make-A-Wish foundation surprised the little warrior not only with the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course but also flew the hosts of the show Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Joshua’s parents said he knows and admires both of the hosts.

“Having to see what Joshua has to go through. I don’t think any parents want to see a child at any age but especially that young battle through something like cancer,” said Gbaja-Biamila.

Joshua’s friends and family were also at the surprise, alone with some Ninja Warriors based out of the Denver area. 

“To have such a big crowd to watch you do the course and having Mike and Akbar there as your own personal hype men is amazing,” said Jamie Rahn, a Colorado-based Ninja Warrior. 

The Salmoiraghi gets to keep the obstacle course and Joshua says he’s excited to share it with his three other brothers.

“I specifically asked if we could break it down and move it. Just in case we have to move again because I am still active duty in the Air Force,” said Amanda.

Joshua is now cancer-free and was just able to start school like other kids his age at the start of this year.

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