At just six years old, Dylan has faced many hospitalizations, emergency room visits and doctor appointments for hemophilia. Fortunately, Dylan sees himself as a Jedi Master, always prepared for battle.
“He already lived like a Jedi,” said Dylan's mom, Michelle. “Everyone he dealt with – family, friends and hospital staff – always played along with him. It kept him happy.”
Dylan’s wish, to experience his Star Wars passion in a very real and tangible way, began at Star Wars weekend at Walt Disney World in Florida. Thankfully, when it came time for his wish to be a Jedi Master, Dylan was healthy and pain-free.
An avid Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember, Dylan's favorite character is Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“I love all of his fights, poses and moves!” Dylan said.
When he found out he had the opportunity to meet all his favorite characters throughout the weekend, he was ecstatic. Dylan, who has a good memory of every episode, even did some lines with Obi-Wan Kenobi and the other voice actors.
“I had a lot of fun!” he exclaimed. “I met the voices of all the troopers and Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO!”
Dylan’s chronic disease is something that factors into nearly every daily activity and decision in his life, but during his wish, he was able to be an official Jedi Master for a day without distractions.
Although hemophilia continues to be an everyday reality for Dylan and his family, they are grateful for the opportunity to spend some time away from hospitals and create such a positive, life-long memory.
“My wish was important to me because I was having so much fun I didn’t think about my hemophilia,” Dylan said.