Working with nonprofit Dream on 3, Tom Brady met with one of his biggest fans last weekend in Tampa, a 7-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition
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Tom Brady is making football dreams come true.
The 45-year-old seven-time Super Bowl winner met one of his biggest fans, Dorian, a 7-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder, last weekend during the non-profit Dream on 3 day with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dream on 3, which creates sports-themed experiences for children with life-changing conditions, tells PEOPLE that Brady is Dorian’s “favorite player.”
“Being able to watch Tom Brady play in person and experience an NFL team in real life was without a doubt a dream come true for Dorian,” they added.
Dorian suffers from an undiagnosed illness that has been narrowed down to a rare form of leukodystrophy, a group of genetic disorders that affect the white matter of the brain, leaving him “unable to walk or have motor functions” after years of seizures, tests and surgeries.
“But that doesn’t stop him from sharing his megawatt smile and love of life with everyone he meets,” the organization says.
27J Schools, the district where Dorian attends Thimmig Elementary School outside Denver, shared photos of his famous smile when he met Brady, who greeted him with an autographed football at the Buccaneers’ home field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
“We’re excited to welcome Dorian back to school and hear all about his adventures!” the inscription read in part. “Thank you @dream_on_3 for sharing these photos and making Dorian’s sporting dreams come true.”
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Thimmig Elementary School gave Dorian a grand send-off over the weekend in Tampa and shared a video of their multi-school assembly where his peers cheered him on.
“When Dorian’s school team found out he was chosen by Dream On 3, they wanted to send him off in style,” 27J captioned the video. “The entire school – along with band members, cheerleaders and student-athletes from @brightonhighschoolbulldogs, Prairie View and @riverdale.ridge.highschool came together this morning for a moving, surprising assembly to celebrate Dorian and his dream.”