Matthew’s Story


matthew-johnston.gifMatt Johnston is a 28 year old from Minnesota that has a dream of one day going SCUBA diving. Having been on a ventilator for the past nine years because of muscular dystrophy, Matt’s perseverance to achieve his goal is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The team supporting him in his efforts strongly believe that this effort stands to benefit research relating to muscular dystrophy, diving medicine, and diving technology.

My name is Matthew Johnston. I have always loved the underwater world and all the life therein. Ten months ago I started to pursue my life long dream to SCUBA dive. It is more of a challenge for me because I have Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and depend on a ventilator to breathe. As it happens, through persistence, my dream is now becoming a reality. I’ve earned the attention of several respected individuals in the fields of diving technology, medicine, and ocean engineering, as well as the press and several institutions and charitable organizations to help put together my project called Matthew Johnston: Diving a Dream.

There are several phases of this project, and the success of each relies largely on the ability of numerous resources. Mainly, a multidisciplinary team of researchers, innovators and medical personnel is needed to develop a custom underwater life support system for me. Mike Lombardi, the director of Project Innerspace, a 501c3 not for profit fiscal sponsor of the Matthew Johnston Diving a Dream project, contacted to help raise the funds I need via promotional shirts for the project.

diving_dream - back_pre_sz150.jpgMy entire project team believes that the new life support system and the efforts put into this project stand to benefit research relating to muscular dystrophy, diving medicine, and diving technology. Through my dream I hope to make others aware of the strength of the human spirit as it strives to achieve a dream, and to be a source of hope for the world. I will be diving soon thanks to all your support! - Matt

Way to go, Matt … we’re proud of you! And a little background info: Matt is diligently fundraising to start the intensive engineering effort required for his project. Innerspace has created a Zazzle gallery of the official Matt Johnston: Diving a Dream t-shirt and like all Zazzle products, a percentage of each sale goes to the contributor. We’ll keep checking in on Matt and we look forward to seeing him SCUBA diving soon!

- Zazzle Community Team


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