When you see eleven-year-old Nolan Harm running on the soccer field, you would probably have no idea that the boy lives with a life threatening disease every day of his life.
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Nolan was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that effects the lungs and leaves carriers highly susceptible to infection. Nolan’s older brother Liam also has CF, but the Harm family goes out of their way to lead normal, healthy lives in spite of their shorter life expectancy. There is currently no cure for CF.
A few years ago Liam received a “My Wish” through ESPN, which is a collaborative effort with Make-A-Wish that grants personalized sports-related wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. When it came time to select his sports-related wish, Nolan didn’t hesitate. He immediately told organizers that he’d love to show off his basketball trick shot skills, honed through hours of practice in the family’s driveway, to the guys of Dude Perfect.
Dude Perfect is a sports entertainment group based in Frisco, Texas. The team consists of five friends who met while playing basketball for Texas A&M University and have now become famous on YouTube for their incredible trick shots. The group now fills stadiums with their electrifying shows, and they also boast an impressive number of Guinness World Records for off-the-wall stuff like “most pencils broken in an hour.”
Nolan was in the middle of a school assembly when he got the news that his “My Wish” had been granted, and before he knew it he and his family were whisked from their Brick Township, New Jersey home to the Dude Perfect headquarters in Frisco.
Nolan spent a few hours goofing around with the Dude Perfect guys, playing soccer with his brother Liam and showing them what he can do on the basketball court. But the best part of Nolan’s incredible day came towards the end, when he was able to set up and perfectly execute his very own custom trick shot.
The “Upper Decker Golf Cart Shot” is exactly what it sounds like: Nolan stood on the second story as two of the Dude Perfect guys drove a golf cart on the lower level. After a few practice shots, Nolan was able to master the difficult shot, sending the ball soaring over the railing at exactly the right time so that it swooshed through the hoop mounted on the back of the cart.
He shoots, he scores! After watching Nolan nail that trick shot we have to wonder if there’s any more room on the Dude Perfect team. If so, adding Nolan as a sixth member would be a no-brainer!
Making this shot turned out to be the perfect ending of a perfect day for this young sports fan. Just look at the smile on his face.
As Nolan’s mom Heather Harm always tells her boys, “You’re not dying from CF, you’re living with CF.” As science continues to advance we will maintain our hope that they will discover a cure for this disease. We love seeing Nolan living his best life like this, and we’re grateful to the people at ESPN and Dude Perfect for making this dream come true for him!
Watch Nolan nail the “Upper Decker Golf Cart Shot” in the video below, and don’t forget to share.
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