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Lyle’s Hawaiian Dream

Lyle Romans, a 21 year-old with terminal lung disease and dermatomyositis, is losing his sight.  He has lost 80% of his lungs due to scarring and cysts. He no longer has the ability to walk or move

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Lyle’s Hawaiian Dream

Lyle Romans, a 21 year-old with terminal lung disease and dermatomyositis, is losing his sight.  He has lost 80% of his lungs due to scarring and cysts. He no longer has the ability to walk or move his neck.  Despite the challenges he faces every single day, he remains positive and continues to dream. Lyle’s ultimate dream was to go to Hawaii to see and experience the natural beauty of the islands before his sight was completely gone.  Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfilled Lyle’s dream in June of 2016.  Lyle and his foster family made the journey from his home in Oregon to the beautiful beaches of Waikiki, Hawaii. 

Lyle, who has lived with the Dobbs family since he was 18 years-old, was diagnosed with lung disease in his senior year of high school and since then his health has continued to decline.  Palliative care helped stabilize Lyle enough to be at home with his family and strong enough to enjoy this trip. 

Lyle and his family enjoyed the sights of Oahu including the famous Halona Blowhole and Sea Life Park Hawaii.  

“Lyle is an inspiration,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Kisa Heyer. “A terminal diagnosis at any age is heart-wrenching but at twenty-one, Lyle took it upon himself to motivate others. We are honored to have brought his final dream to life.”

Over the past two decades, Dream Foundation’s dreams have provided psychosocial and emotional support tailored to thousands of terminally-ill adults and their families. They are passionate about bringing life to final dreams and helping to make the most of their dreamer's final days.

To learn more about Dream Foundation, visit DreamFoundation.org.

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