Services were held Thursday for Dylan P. Thompson who had fought Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy for years.
The Centerport resident died Monday at 27, according to a fundraising page dedicated to assisting the Parent Muscular Dystrophy Research Project. ” We lost a true fighter and an amazing human being, Dylan P. Thompson. With our deepest sorrow, he is no longer with us,” the page said.
Thompson was an artist and an advocate for disabled people, including pressing the case for mobility mats that allow people in wheelchairs to access beaches.
He was a graduate of Harborfields High School, and there are plans for a memorial scholarship at Harborfields High School, to reward future student athletes who exemplify Dylan’s drive, spirit and passion for life and living.
Thompson participated in a 2019 art show at Harborfields Library. “I stopped walking when I was in 5th grade,” Thompson wrote on his website. “ Today, I cannot lift my arms above my shoulders … I have very little use of basically every muscle in my body except for my hands.” Despite these limits, Thompson found ways to pursue his passion for art.
He leaves his mother, Gloria, his father, Paul (Jennifer) and sister, Deanna.
Services were held at Nolan Funeral Home.