17yr old Josh Dillon from Dublin has suffered all his life with Muscular Dystrophy Duchenne, a life limiting muscle wasting disease, without ever complaining and accepted life for what it was.
Josh's passion was football and he dreamed of being a top class soccer player like his cousin, soccer international Robbie Brady, and achieved this dream his way by becoming an expert FIFA Xbox player. When doctors told his parents that Josh was deteriorating rapidly the family tried desperately to fulfill all his dreams.
When they asked Josh what his dream would be he told them his only dream was to play the new FIFA 19 game, which he had booked for the last six months because it is so sought after but will not be released until the end of September. Josh’s mum Catherine, family and friends knew they had to do whatever it took to make his dream come true and using social media contacts and every possible avenue they finally accepted this was an impossible dream to fulfil with the time they had left.
They were told to contact Shay Kinsella of the Share a Dream Foundation in Limerick to see if he could wave his magic wand just as he has done for thousands of seriously ill children in Ireland.
With only a window of less than 48 hours to make this dream happen Shay knew time was running out and he and his team immediately got to work. Spending some 16hrs and a sleepless night to try and make Josh’s dream come true. So, with the fantastic support of Gary Molloy of EA SPORTS Galway and permission from EA Sports Vancouver Josh's dream would come true.
However, it was heartache for all when his medical team decided Josh was not strong enough to travel by car from Dublin to Galway and it seemed the dream was not going to happen. However, with the fantastic support of Ken Dillon and the amazing Sky High Aviation, Josh and his family were airlifted to EA Sports in Galway.
All the team at EA sports welcomed Josh and his family, giving them a tour of the facility before taking Josh to a special room to spend 1.5hrs playing the new FIFA 19 with his brother Ryan and EA game testers. Later Josh received a very special video conference call from the two Executive producers of FIFA all the way from Vancouver, Canada where they spent 30 minutes asking questions about the latest FIFA game.
According to mum Catherine “It was unbelievable that Share a Dream Limerick and especially Shay Kinsella could reach out to make Josh’s dream come true”.
Sadly, Josh passed away on Sunday just 2 days after his final dream came true.
Share a Dream would like to thank all of the many wonderful people who came on board with very short notice to help Shay and to make Josh’s fondest wish come true.
“Josh we know you are joining all the wonderful Share a Dream angels who have sadly left this world but with a special dream in their heart, Rest in peace Josh.,” said Shay Kinsella founder.