Dowagiac teen gets trip of a lifetime to Miami

A 14-year-old boy living with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy will have his dream come true in two weeks, as he prepares to see Notre Dame face off against Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

Blake Dudley, a middle schooler at Dowagiac, will head to Miami with his mom and 12-year-old brother thanks to community and nation-wide support.

His tickets to the national championship game from an anonymous donor arrived on Friday.

After the Fighting Irish defeated USC, Blake wrote a letter to the university, asking if anyone could help his cause. He explained his muscle disorder and asked if there was anything to be done to get him to the National Championship game.

Blake's mom, Celeste Dudley, put his letter online, and it went viral in a matter of days. Friends, family and even people they didn't know spread the word about Blake's dream. Support poured into a website, getblaketosouthbeach.com Donors nation-wide raised over $6,000 for Blake and his family to head to South Beach.

The flight, hotel and rental car are all booked as well.

American Airlines donated Blake and his family's plane tickets, supporters provided enough monetary funds to purchase the hotel and rental car and numerous other parties donated clothing items and event tickets to the pep rally and other gameday events.

Blake was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 3, but he was still able to partake in sports and other activites. Now, Blake will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair because of the disease.

He says it's his dream to see Notre Dame play in the title game.


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