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"It was unreal" - Dalton, 17, meets the Dallas Cowboys

  • Players sign Dalton's football

  • Dalton and his family with two favorite players

  • Dalton and his family with the Dallas Cowboy's owner

  • Dalton and his family in the locker room

  • Dalton plays around with players pre-game

  • Dalton and the players after practice

“ It was unreal. It was hard to believe I was right there. ”

- Dalton

Dalton has been a football fan all his life, specifically a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, his mom’s favorite team. After being diagnosed at age 13 with Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system, Dalton knew he might not ever play the game, but he would never stop watching and supporting his team.

So when it came to determining his one true wish, he knew exactly what he wanted, “I wanted a wish that would create a memory for my whole family,” said Dalton. “I wanted to meet the Dallas Cowboys.”

Dalton, a senior at Saguaro High School in Tucson, and family traveled to Texas in early October. The Make-A-Wish North Texas chapter, which helped arrange the wish, created a day of surprises for Dalton and his family.

First, was a visit to Gearbox Software, a Texas-based video game developer, who gave the family a tour of their studio, and even set up Dalton to help create a visual effect on an upcoming,unreleased video game.

Then, for the big event, the Dallas Cowboys organization made the trip extraordinary for their visitors.

The family was provided complete access to the Cowboys Stadium, including a trip inside the locker room, a view of practice, a tour from a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and, finally, a chance to watch team take on the Chicago Bears that evening at Cowboy Stadium. In total, Dalton’s wish come true.

“Seeing the stadium and the players was both shocking and exciting,” said Dalton. “Meeting the players, the coaches and Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys owner), as well as touring the stadium and attending the game was the best.”

The Cowboys did not win the game but even that small set-back could not change this incredible wish experience.

“It was unreal,” he continued. “It was hard to believe I was right there.”

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