Max Vertin, an 8-year-old from Hastings, Nebraska, suffers from a rare version of muscular dystrophy that will gradually render his muscles completely useless, eventually ending in death.
He has already been fitted for a wheelchair, which he’s expected to need by his next birthday.
The boy’s troubles were nowhere to be found last Tuesday, however, when he was granted his dying wish to experience what it would be like to fly like his favorite superhero: Iron Man.
According to The Huffington Post, the Make-A-Wish Foundation took Max and his family to an indoor skydiving facility in Colorado where he donned a red and yellow costume like his idol and floated in 100 mile-per-hour winds.
Also suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are Max’s two younger brothers; 5-year-old Rowan got to fly inside the wind tunnel as well while 3-year-old Charlie watched in awe and admiration.
While patients with the disease have been known to die as early as their teenage years, HuffPost reports that dramatic medical advancements have allowed some patients to live well into their 40s and 50s.
H/T: Huffington Post