Matthew Johnston has spent a lifetime battling the complications of Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. The crippling and life-threatening disease leaves Matt confined to his wheelchair full-time, with only the use of his fingertips. Complicating this, Matt is unable to breathe on his own and requires use of a ventilator.
Despite this, Matt had a vision…to open an entire new world – the underwater world – for those with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. Sometimes the best things in life take time, however this triumphant push by Matt was one where time was THE limiting factor. At age 27, he set out determined to make his dreams come true, facing the reality that many with his disease live only until their young 30’s. There was work to be done…
In the summer of 2004, after an intensive grassroots push by Matt; his family, and close friends set out to contact anyone in the diving industry that would listen…hoping for help, answers as to how to solve the many technical and physical obstacles for such a project, funding, and simply a next door to open that would take things one step closer…one early breakthrough was Matt connecting with Michael Lombardi where a relationship was formed that lead to ‘Ocean Opportunity‘ sponsoring Matt, and subsequently what was to become the ‘Diving a Dream’ project. Diving a Dream was then thrust into motion, providing the vehicle to realize Matt’s dream to dive.
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