SENIOR JOSH ULISANO JOURNEYS 26.2 MILES TO RAISE AWARENESS
Montini Catholic HIgh School in Lombard is quite proud of senior, Josh Ulisano, this month for his initiative and drive to 'go the distance' for a cause that has grown near and dear to his heart. Josh was inspired to trek 26.2 miles to raise awareness for the firefighters in Australia in the hopes of inspiring more to donate to their plight of eliminating the fires that have ravaged the country since June of last year. Not only did he succeed in accomplishing his long trek . . . he did it with a 50 lb. backpack. "I wanted to prove that anything was possible by completing such a hard feat," he said. He wore the backpack to represent the heavy packs that firefighters bear when battling fires.
Never having run a marathon in his life, the Montini senior didn't let that stonewall his ambitious plans. "There were three moments when I had to stop for a few seconds to give my legs and shoulders a break but I knew no matter how hard it gets and how much pain I was in, I was going to finish it because I was representing more than myself," he explained. "I was very driven to finish the run because I wanted to do it for Australia and I wanted to prove that anything was possible."
Josh's extensive sports resume at Montini Catholic helped him to accomplish his goal. He is the captain of Montini's Wrestling team, and a member of their Lacrosse, Cross Country and Track Teams. He is a triathlete with four triathlons under his belt and is currently training for the 70.3 Ironman in Muncie, Indiana (July 11, 2020) which involves a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.
Parents, Ben and Audrey Ulisano, were very proud and impressed with Josh's passion for completing what he set out to do, and even more proud about his motivation to seek out ways to support the causes he truly believes in.
And, this is not the first mission to inspire Josh to step up and rise to action. "I am a big believer in the Pro Life movement," he said. He just returned from his second March for Life in Washington, D.C., having attended the historic event with forty fellow Broncos. He has also attended the Chicago March for LIfe. "I believe that all life is precious and we should protect children who do not have voices yet." The best part about the rally, according to Josh, was to see President Donald Trump make history as the first president to ever speak at the March for Life rally in person.
"Josh is a prime example of Bronco spirit and drive," said President Jim Segredo. "He found a cause that ignited his passion to do something about it. We are very impressed with him and know he has only just begun a lifetime of success and achievement in standing up for his beliefs."
Josh is from Downers Grove and graduated from St. Mary of Gostyn School. He and his family are members of St. Mary of Gostyn Parish.