Juan, an eight-year-old who suffers from a serious disease, makes his wish come true: meeting Valencia CF’s number ten
Juan is an eight-year-old child, with a serious disease, who had a dream: meeting Dani Parejo in person, the Valencia CF captain. The dream has come true thanks to a Valencia CF and Pequeño Deseo Foundation collaboration, Juan’s meet up with his idol which he will never forget.
Juan is a passionate football fan, who has always wanted to play but he has not been able to because of his disease, as his mum Susana explains. Besides, he is a great Valencia CF fan just like his father David who has instilled that passion in him. ”He is always telling him: “I don’t play football either and it doesn’t matter. We like it, we’re Valencia CF fans and we’re always supporting our team. That’s the most important thing."
Besides, his mum Susana gives us some detail: “Juan used to feel a little bit isolated because he couldn’t do the same things that other kids were doing." The meet up with Parejo has also changed that circumstance, explains Susana: ”All of a sudden, he’s become the protagonist, all the kids are asking him about the meetup and want to see his pictures with the captain and that’s making him feel great".
Juan himself has told us that the best thing about him is that he is really nice ”because he played with me and gifted me the signed shirt and the captain's armband!" Parejo and Juan, from captain to captain.
The Pequeño Deseo Foundation marks this February its 18th anniversary and since the year 2000, they have been working towards making kids suffering from chronic diseases or poor prognosis dreams come true, aiming to give them moral support in order to make their disease more bearable. It is scientifically proven that fulfilling a wish generates positive emotions which have a positive impact on the child’s well-being and his physical improvement as the Pequeño Deseo Foundation motto says: "Sometimes fulfilling a child’s dream is the best medicine”.
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