New Berlin teen granted wish to meet Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt may be no match for dinosaurs, but he's larger than life to Dagen Lusis.
\"I really like him as an actor in Parks and Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy,\" said Dagen.
Their worlds recently aligned on the red carpet in Hollywood.
\"He knew who I was so he ran up to me instantly, shook my hand and said he was really glad to meet me,\" he said.
Cameras flashed as the celebrity penned a message just for the 14-year-old, who was happy to show it off in person. Outside his New Berlin home, he read it aloud, \"Dagen, great meeting you at the Jurassic World premiere, much love, God bless, Chris Pratt.\"
They're simple words, but lifted the teenager's spirits. On Christmas Day nearly two years ago, Dagen was diagnosed with type one diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes.
He needs insulin shots to stay alive and 24-7 monitoring of his blood sugar.
\"I recently got an insulin pump so it made my life so much easier,\" he said.
\"I get up a couple times at night and check him, check his numbers,\" said mom Michele Lusis. \"We've had to wake him up in the middle of the night, feed him juice because he's gotten too low.\"
More than one million children and adults suffer from juvenile diabetes, but Dagen's not letting it slow him down. His family is now using their experience to raise awareness and couldn't be more grateful to Kids Wish Network and Chris Pratt.
\"It's just an experience I'll never forget,\" said Dagen.
You can help find a cure for juvenile diabetes by donating to Dagen's fundraising efforts for the JDRF One Walk. The event will be held at Miller Park on September 12.