Joshua Goodling: Terminal Cancer Survivor, Speaker, Author


At the age of four, Joshua Goodling was diagnosed with a terminal cancer that was supposed to take his life. The doctors gave him one week to live, and said his chances of survival were zero! That was 50+ years ago, so it's been a LONG week!

The cancer was eventually gone, but it left him with many scars and obstacles that would forever change his life. The road ahead wasn't going to be easy!

Joshua could have given up, and said "life is too difficult now!". Instead, he chose to use his life to make a difference in the world by impacting lives, spreading kindness, and living for others

His life story and messages about overcoming obstacles and putting others first have received enthusiastic responses no matter who the audience. And, they are especially life-changing to young people, who are greatly impacted and listen intently to him as he talks. They can tell he speaks from experience.

We live in a world that is increasingly frustrating, and along with his faith in God, one of the most important lessons Joshua has learned is that KINDNESS works!

Read A Note From a Kiwanis Club...

What People Are Saying...

We were privileged to have Joshua Goodling as our Guest Speaker. His story captured our members attention...Joshua Goodling is an incredible individual.
A Kiwanis Member
Thank you for everything you do, Joshua. Your presence is a blessing in so many lives, and you remind us all how little it takes to be better people.
A Listener
You spoke at my school May 13 2016 and I was on the verge of killing myself and now I am going to change my life around. I plan to make everyone smile!
A Student
I just stumbled upon your website and read your story. What a courageous life you have lived! You chose to live at an early age and your life has been blossoming ever since. What a mighty work God has for you and THIS is just the BEGINNING! Continue to give yourself away encouraging others. You bring great hope to all of us, especially during times when we think we have it bad.
A Website Visitor
I truly enjoyed your message on Friday! I know that you reached so many students and caused them to think about how they view obstacles and how they treat others. Sharing your experiences, not only with regard to your cancer survival, but also your examples of how your family struggled for a while financially. Many of our students think they are the only ones who are having a hard time making ends meet. Your message is inspirational on every level and I know that our students gained a great deal from your words.
A Teacher
Thank you so much for being our guest speaker at Vickery Creek Middle School! I myself think that your story is amazing and I would love to follow your seven secrets to happiness and share it with the rest of my family and even my neighbors! your story has really touched me and I am glad to have had you as a guest speaker today! and it is still amazing on what you do for this world and I hope that after you speak to people they will also be touched by you.
A Student
Joshua makes a difference in the lives of others. His positive message speaks to the heart and changes perspectives. One of my 6th grade students thanked Joshua for positively impacting his life with his message of courage, great attitude, selflessness and hope. Thanks again for starting my day in a positive way!
A Principal
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