CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dyson Howard-Allen is a 5th grader at Parkside Elementary School in Charlotte. The 10-year-old was the star of an assembly on Friday morning. “Dyson is a fighter!” said his principal to the classmates looking upward, unsure why there were even in the gym and what was going on. “We are so proud of him.”
After that announcement, faculty brought a very surprised Dyson into the gym with his classmates. Last June, Dyson was diagnosed with Leukemia. He recently finished his chemo treatments and got to ring the bell at Levine Children’s Hospital signifying the end of his cancer journey last week. His family is thrilled to now say, Dyson is currently cancer-free. That’s why his school honored him today.
But, it wasn’t just to honor him.
Dream On 3, a local non-profit that makes sports dreams come true, showed up as well. In front of everyone they announced that Dyson was about to have the weekend of his life: They had a whole VIP weekend planned for him and his family to go to NBA All-Star weekend fun, ending with the game on Sunday.
“Prayer works,” said his father, Dawnwin Allen. “This is a reminder prayer works. The human heart... if it wasn’t for everybody, all the doctors, all the preachers, all the prayers, I don’t know how we would’ve made it through all of this, honestly.”