Joshua was hit by a drunk-driver while riding his bicycle. Although armed with a properly fitted helmet, he succumbed to severe head injuries while being treated at a pediatric trauma center on May 20, 2006. His mother, Luly, turned her family’s tragedy into a passion for bike safety and injury prevention, and is now the Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont Coordinator.

Joshua’s family and friends gather each year for the Joshua’s Friends Foundation’s Bike Safety Event. Since its inception in 2007, the event has not only distributed over 2,000 properly fitted helmets to community children, but has increased community awareness and continues to capture the hearts and support of local volunteers and sponsors.