Be Like Josh
Be Like Josh
March 30th – April 12th
The Be Like Josh foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to celebrating animals with special needs. Not only do they survive, but they thrive and inspire. Through our journey of saving these dogs, we are able to educate people and younger generations, about the beauty of special abilities.
Make Your Own Path
Renee is 20yrs old and lives in Australia. Renee was diagnosed with ASD (“moderate” functioning label) on her 17th birthday. She loves drawing, 3D modeling/printing, rock climbing and playing soccer. Renee’s favorite animals are dogs and goats. Her favorite thing in the whole world is her rescue pit-bull Buddy. “He’s basically my spirit animal”. Be Like Josh is personally relevant to me as my dog Buddy has some limb deformities and other health conditions. I chose to use randomly directional paw prints to, not only represent Josh and his condition, but also signify that it doesn’t matter HOW you get places in life. Make your own path. So what if it’s a little different to someone else’s?
Hi, my name is Caleb. I am 13 years old. I love to draw, animate, play legos and build worlds in Minecraft. When I grow up I want a career in animation.
Mariah Kilbourne is an adaptive sports enthusiast, especially yoga, avid concert-goer, especially Texas Country, and she loves dogs (she has 3 pups). Mariah was honored to serve as Ms. Wheelchair Texas in 2012 & Ms. Wheelchair America in 2013. Mariah is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is very excited and grateful to be part of the Josh the Doodle campaign. Mariah currently coordinates and organizes training workshops and assists with special events for the UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Mariah joined the SBDC in 2015 and brings more than five years of experience working with the City of Seguin, Texas in Economic Development. She has written many articles for various local publications promoting small business and economic development. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Texas Lutheran University as a Summa Cum Laude graduate.
Nikki is a 16 year old student at San Tan Foothills High School. She has been drawing since she was a little girl. She especially enjoys drawing anime. Her lifelong dream is to be an artist with Flipline studios or another animation company. Nikki’s family is from Vietnam. Her Mom, Dad, older sister and younger brother live in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Nikki has Autism, but she doesn’t ever let that stop her from chasing her dreams! Just like Josh, she focuses on her Abilities and works hard everyday to become a better artist. She draws every day, every chance she gets. She practically goes through a sketch book a week! Nikki also loves to go shopping, but she is very careful with her money. Nikki wanted to enter the contest to draw Josh the Doodle because when she met Josh, she fell instantly in love with him and still talks about meeting him!
Brooklynn is a vibrant 9 year old that faces multiple medical challenges. Her main health issue is Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, she also has 1st degree heart block, Adrenal Insufficiency, Absent Bilateral Carotid Arteries, Protein Losing Enteropathy and Chronic Lung Disease. She has had 21 surgeries and procedures, 3 of those open heart surgeries. She had both a trach and gtube for 5 years. She is a gem and lets none of this dim her smile and love for life! She loves baby animals, dancing, drawing, singing and playing Barbies with her little brother. Although she has multiple restrictions and frequent labwork and clinic visits she is a Rockstar and always makes the best of it.