Teenage cancer survivor creates ‘Wall of Courage’ at Beaumont


It's been eleven years since Josh Griffin, 16, was diagnosed with cancer. And when time came for the Farmington Hills teen to develop a community service project in his efforts to become an Eagle Scout he decided to pay tribute to Beaumont Hospital.

Josh began planning his "Wall of Courage" over a year ago. On January 29 it was installed under his watchful eye at Beaumont's Cancer Center in Royal Oak.

"I've been cancer free for almost eleven years," explains Josh. "This project is my way of giving back to Beaumont for the great care I received. My medical team from the pediatric oncology program was awesome.  At the same time, I hope my wall inspires other cancer patients and their families."

The "Wall of Courage" is comprised of plaques, each with an encouraging message.  Josh sold each plaque for $100 with all the money supporting Beaumont's Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fund. To date nearly $6,000 has been collected. The wall can accommodate 70 plaques. He'd also like to add a second wall which could potentially raise an additional $10,000.

Naturally Scott Griffin, Josh's dad, is very proud of his son, "Between the carpenters, suppliers, handyman, Boy Scouts, friends and his parent's support, he's done a wonderful job of planning, organizing, supervising and managing this whole project." 

Josh, a junior at Southfield Christian High School, began scouting six years ago. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest attainable by the Boy Scouts of America. Along with scouting, he's a member of the high school basketball team.

"Josh is all about encouragement.  In fact, he was recognized at his middle school for being the most encouraging student. In the years following his cancer treatment, Josh sent letters and cards to other children with cancer offering them words of hope and encouragement," says his dad. "His wall embodies that same spirit."

Beaumont is a National Cancer Institute-designated Community Clinical Oncology Program, which provides community access to groundbreaking cancer research trials and treatment.  Cancer centers at Beaumont's Royal Oak and Troy hospitals bring together in one location the majority of services a person with cancer might need, including resource centers that make information and support readily available.  Beaumont's full range of cancer services also includes care provided through the offices of Beaumont doctors in the community.