A boy from Phoenix, Arizona, with a rare disease celebrates a birthday no one thought he would ever make it to.
He wasn't supposed to live past the age of two, but, with his thirtieth birthday on the horizon, this Arizona boy proves that anything is possible.
Dallan and his father, Chad. SOURCE: Fox 8
Dallan Cloward, born at three and a half pounds, has a disease known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. At the time of his birth, his parents, Chad and his then wife, were told that their son wouldn't make it past two years. Naturally, getting attached was a difficult choice.
"I still so remember thinking, 'I can’t get too attached because it will hurt more when we lose him,'" Chad cloward recalls. "Then after a day or two of thinking that -- it hit me -- that if I don’t give him every ounce of love I can, I will regret that for my entire life once he passes."
Now, surpassing everything doctors said, Dallan will be turning thirty years old on August 12 this year.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, but that isn't stopping Chad from celebrating thirty years with his remarkable son.
He's calling it "30 for 30": a six-week celebration filled with thirty memorable and fun things to do for Dallan's thirtieth birthday. He asked friends and family to suggest things that he could add to the roster of activities for the celebration, and the response was overwhelming.
"I think it was about 8:30 that night I sent the post", Chad says of the night he shared the idea on Facebook. "And then before I went to bed about 10:30, and checked my phone and was so surprised in such a short time on a Saturday night, how many comments and ideas started coming in. I literally went to tears reading the comments."
Currently, he's only gotten ideas from family and friends, but Chad is more than happy to take ideas and suggestions from strangers.
Dallan and his father will be back in Phoenix this week to continue their celebration, proving that nothing is impossible and that the bond between a father and son can surpass all odds.
h/t: 12 News, Media 24, ABC 10