Games become reality as teen meets his heroes

A KILKENNY teenager had the chance to meet some of his gaming heroes at a Disneyland Paris conference last week, thanks to the charity Share a Dream.

A KILKENNY teenager had the chance to meet some of his gaming heroes at a Disneyland Paris conference last week, thanks to the charity Share a Dream.

Colin is a 14-year-old who – like many teenagers – loves to play computer games and listen to music, but he was diagnosed with Leukemia in July 2011.

Complications kept him in hospital for much of that time until January this year. Despite becoming very ill and now using a wheelchair, “he is a wonderful strong young man,” says his mother, Joan.

He loves to play the online game “Minecraft” as it has been an escape for him from the medication and sickness. Colin says he can switch off and play and nobody knows he’s sick, and he can chat with other gamers like any 13-year-old boy.

So, when his mum contacted Share a Dream to make his dream come true to attend Minecon – the Minecraft convention, held in Disneyland Paris from November 23-25 – they immediately got to work.

And so, on November 23 Colin, Joan, dad Christopher and sister Sarah flew out from Dublin to Paris for “the most fantastic, wonderful, brilliant amazing time,” according to Joan.

“Colin is just buzzing. He met every idol he could possibly want to meet,” said Joan. “He got a ‘Mojangsta’ official access-all-areas pass on Friday so we could get in before the crowds.” He got to meet Notch, Jeb, Dinnerbone and several other of his idols. On Saturday he attended a private staff/panellist meeting an could chat to them all. The MineZ creators gave him a gamers gold pass to play, and he brought home numerous autographs.

Share a Dream receives no government or lotto funding and relies solely on voluntary contributions. See www.shareadream.ie or call 061-200080 for more information.