Young boy with rare disease gets wish to fly like Iron Man

Posted at 3:43 PM, Apr 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-18 15:43:41-04

An 8-year-old boy with a rare disease was given the chance to fly like his hero Iron Man in Colorado earlier this week.

Max Vertin suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which slowly robs his muscles of their abilities. Doctors said Max would likely be in a wheelchair by age 9, Denver station KCNC reported.

But thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, Max was all smiles on Monday as he prepared to take on the role of Iron Man during a visit to Colorado.

He even got a specially designed suit at an indoor skydiving center so he could fly high in a vertical wind tunnel.

Outside, a crowd of people showed up to cheer Max and his family, who had traveled from Nebraska for the experience, KCNC reported.

Guided by expert Joshua Evans, Max was like a skydiver falling 100 plus mile per hour.

“He deserves just a few days just to be a kid,” said Betty Vertin, his mother.

Read more on KCNC.