Josh Wandell didn’t just play sports, he became an All-State football player, played for the University of Tennessee and was inducted into the EHS Sports Hall of Fame. He didn’t just get a degree, he earned his Doctorate, he didn’t just become a teacher, he became a principal. He didn’t quit or give up on life after an ALS diagnosis.
In 2012, Josh graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Doctorate degree. He finally met the woman of his dreams, Tabitha Wandell, a strong Christian lady. They were married June 11, 2012 and Josh, Jayla, Tabitha and her children, Taylor and JT became the family that Josh never thought he would have. Josh was inducted into the Elizabethton High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was in great shape, running daily preparing for marathons, weight lifting and crossfit. Josh began to notice some difficulties with his hip and left leg and finally decided to see a doctor. In 2013, Josh underwent a battery of tests, scans, blood work and exams and on June 4, Josh was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) of which there is no cure or approved treatment and the average life expectancy is two to five years.
What did Josh Wandell do when faced with this diagnosis; he continued to live his life. He speaks to any church, organization, group or individual about his faith in God and how blessed he is to be able to spread His message. He receives a standing ovation at every event. He receives daily messages of prayer and encouragement from people all over the world. He inspires everyone who knows him, meets him or hears about him. He has the most positive attitude and strength. He is truly the strongest person you will ever meet in many ways.
Josh could best be described as overcoming the odds that he has faced in life and everyone associated with him prays faithfully that he will overcome the odds of ALS.
Please visit the website developed for him, teamwandell.com and the Face Book page Race For Wandell to see the numerous posts, videos, pictures and stories about this amazing man. Most of all, please pray for Josh and his Family and for everyone that ALS affects.