Leave it to three hard-hitting WWE legends to make your heart melt.
Mick Foley recently shared a story on Facebook about how he went out of his way to create one amazing experience for a fan in his final weeks here on earth:
“A few weeks ago, I received a message about Dillon, a huge WWE fan, fighting cancer, in the final weeks of his life. Dillon was born with Williams disease, characterized by moderate developmental disabilities, along with heart and other medical problems. I was thankful that I would be visiting Dillon during WWE SmackDown Live as his sister told me that although Dillon was going to be very happy to see me, he was fairly shy and wasn't likely to do much talking while I was there. SmackDown would provide an easy bonding agent, so if I stumbled verbally, we could just kind of hang out and watch the action together.
Dillon certainly was happy to see me. Williams Disease is often referred to as ‘The Friendly Disorder’, due to the genial nature of so many affected by it. He smiled during the entirety of my visit, and with his mother Patricia and sister Deirdre in the room, we had quite a nice conversation. I asked him about SmackDown, and when I learned that a few of his favorite Superstars were good friends of mine, I did my best to continue the conversation while simultaneously texting one of those superstars he had mentioned.
‘You wouldn't happen to have a minute to talk to a big fan who is in the hospital, would you’, I asked
‘I would’, came the reply, literally seconds later.
‘Thank you - The family will be overjoyed.’
30 seconds later, Becky Lynch was on speakerphone, her distinctive Irish brogue filling the hospital room with a palpable sense of joy. It would have been really easy for Becky to simply say goodbye. But instead she mentioned that she was in the women's dressing room, and asked Dillon if there was anyone else he might like to speak to.
‘Well, actually, Becky’, I said. ‘Although Dillon loves you, his absolute favorite is Charlotte Flair.’
Seconds later, Dillon was talking to his favorite WWE Superstar, and I noted that his sister was recording the conversation - providing a visual account for what was surely a moment he would like to relive over and over again.
Sadly, the doctors' estimate proved correct and Dillon passed away within a couple weeks of my visit. His family was so grateful for the kindness shown him, and I am so grateful to have friends so willing to help, so willing to make a difference. Dillon's sister told me the phone call with Becky and Charlotte had provided the family with one more great moment with this gentle, kind-hearted man.
Sometimes, a little bit of kindness can go a long way.”
Dillon’s sister commented on the post:
“We can't thank you enough. This really was a bright spot in a very crappy time for Dillon. He was so exhausted from his illness that he couldn't really express how exciting this really was for him. But he loved your visit. I wish you could have met him earlier because he was hilarious and would have had you laughing. Thanks to the ladies for being so gracious and friendly. He could not believe he spoke to them after just watching them on TV. So cool. You really are an incredible person for doing this. Thank you for sharing your time, stories and gifts with Dillon. It was awesome. We miss him a lot. But this was another great memory we have with him.”
A friend of Dillon’s also commented telling Mick that “your signed shirt and action figure stood proudly next to his casket at his wake.”
I’ll give you a minute to try and blink away the tears.
Stories like this are humbling reminders of a few things. The WWE Superstars lead crazy hectic schedules hustling and traveling across the world, but Becky and Charlotte taking a few minutes out of what was presumably a hectic Smackdown day to speak to Dillon remind us we should never be too busy to go out of our way to help someone, and that sometimes what appears to be the littlest things, like a taking a call for a few minutes, leaves an impression that we’re not always privileged to fully see or grasp.
Then there’s Mick, who’s still recovering from hip surgery. When a commenter asked, he told them recovery is going great but he still has trouble walking. The man has trouble walking and still made a point to show up to brighten this family’s day during a devastating time for them. In his humble and gracious manner, he gives a ton of credit to Becky and Charlotte, even titling his Facebook post “HOW BECKY LYNCH AND CHARLOTTE FLAIR CREATED A GREAT MOMENT FOR A DYING MAN” but he obviously played an integral role here.
RIP Dillon and thank you Mick, Charlotte and Becky.