Statesville resident Dalton is your typical sixteen-year-old boy obsessed with soccer. During a routine visit to the orthodontist, his blood pressure reading came back as unusually high. He was referred to a doctor for testing who then sent him to an oncologist. A basketball sized tumor was found on his liver, and he was diagnosed with cancer and put on the transplant list. Dalton was fortunate enough to receive a liver transplant and a new positive outlook on life. Dalton is now close to a clean bill of health. His doctors are optimistic for a full recovery. According to his mother Geri, “It’s a step in the right direction. He is on his way to being our Dalton again; full of life and a regular teenage boy. He still has a long road ahead of him, but we are taking it one step at a time.”
Dalton was informed that he was eligible to receive a wish through Make-A-Wish and chose to attend a Manchester United Game in England. He received support from his soccer club and other members of the community. His neighboring school, North Iredell found out about his story and decided to help. The North Iredell yearbook committee raises funds every year from ad and yearbook sales and decided they wanted to fund Dalton’s wish. On May 2nd at 2:15 p.m., the students from North Iredell will be holding an assembly to reveal to Dalton that he will be leaving that weekend to attend his wish.
The assembly will include a video the students made that includes clips from the soccer game where they all prayed for Dalton, as well as a band performance of Red Hot Chili Pepper Songs as they are his favorite band. The students also designed t-shirts for the reveal and they will be giving Dalton a small gift for his trip.