Dylan – Muscular Dystrophy
My name is Dylan, I’m 13 years old, I have Muscular Dystrophy and can’t walk anymore… but that doesn’t mean I can’t still play football.
I was born with Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and everyone pulls a face when I tell them that. It is a condition that means my muscles are slowly getting weaker and I need more help to do things. When I was younger I could walk but as I got bigger my muscles weren’t strong enough to hold my body up so now I use a wheelchair. My Mum and Dad help me do most things but I also try and do as much as I can for myself. I have lots of physiotherapy and wear special braces to try and keep my strength up.
I used to get very angry because I can’t play and do the same things as my brothers, but since me and my Dad started playing wheelchair football I have found a new group of mates and have something that is special just for me. Caudwell Children have helped me and my family a lot, I go on lots of fun activities with other kids and they bought me my first sports wheelchair which lets me get around and play football for the St George’s Knights. I also went on the Destination Dreams holiday and had a week I will never forget.