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Helping A Camden Youngster’s Wish Come True

Oneida County, NY (WIBX) – A young boy’s wish is coming true thanks to the coordinated efforts of Oneida County officials and Kids Wish Network. Josh Simmons, a 10 year old from Camden who suffers from uncontrolled epilepsy, is getting his wish to meet his favorite WWE Wrester, John Cena.

But, the good news doesn’t end there for Josh because he’s also getting the opportunity to spend the day with Oneida County officials. The youngster, who was sworn in as a Deputy for a Day by Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, will be making his way to various law enforcement and government offices to meet with some of the people he admires.

According to the release, Josh will meet with Judge Donalty to learn about the Court system and spend the day in the Forensic Identification Unit at the Sheriff’s Office. Also, County Executive Anthony Picente is presented the youngster with a Proclamation. Oneida County Police Benevolent Association President Michael Simmons offered the “extra wish” to the youngster who shares his last name despite any affiliation. Simmons said when the Kids Wish Network contacted him about Josh he assisted the group to help make his wish come true.

The PBA donated $500 towards helping Josh meet his idol John Cena in Buffalo later this month on February 28, where the WWE wrestler is planned to make an appearance. Jill Atchison, Josh’s Wish Coordinator at Kids Wish Network said, “Josh is a great little boy. He’s 10 years old and he has epilepsy … He has many seizures each day and due to those he’s really not able to do a lot. He’s not able to go to school–he’s just very limited with his activities. But, he is a huge wrestling fan and a huge John Cena fan, that’s really all he cares about. We ask the kids all kinds of questions about what they like, and for Josh everything was John Cena, John Cena, John Cena.”

Atchison said Kids Wish Network, in its 12th year, has touched thousands of kids lives. She said that the organization does more than grant wishes for children like Josh who have life threatening illnesses. She said through the program, Hero of the Month the organization recognizes children who don’t have a life threatening illness but those who have gone through a traumatic situation. Atchison says these types of cases usually come from hospital staff referrals. She said Kids Wish Network grants approximately 700 wishes a year.

To learn more about Kids Wish Network visit their website,

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