A POORLY boy is hoping to come face to face with his idols – megastar rockers Bon Jovi.
Seven-year-old Matthew Borrell has incurable Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects about one in 3,600 boys and causes progressive muscle weakness.
He was diagnosed with the condition a month ago, and his muscles are degenerating so quickly he will soon need a wheelchair.
Matthew’s parents have been told that because there is no cure yet for the disease, he may only live until he is 30.
Dad Gavin, 38, of Thorney Close, said he wants to make his son’s dream come true.
“Matthew was chatting to his sister and she asked him if there was anything he could do, what would it be.
“And the only thing he said was that he would like to meet Bon Jovi.
“I don’t know how to make it happen, but I will try.”
Gavin, who works for the North East Autism Society, and Matthew’s mother Maria, 33, who is a full-time carer for her son, said his love for the Sunderland-bound rock gods comes from them.
“We’re both fans, and listen to them all the time in the car and stuff,” said Gavin.
“Matthew has heard them all his life. His favourite song is Bad Medicine, and he likes Livin’ on a Prayer.
“He’s not shy, and he loves to get up and singing the songs.
“Me and his mam got Bon Jovi tickets to see them at the Stadium of Light in June, but I’ll probably give Matthew my ticket.”
Matthew, who has an older sister Naomi, 15, and a younger brother Daniel, five, is becoming so weak doctors are going to start giving him steroids to aid his muscles.
“He has to be carried sometimes now,” said Gavin. “The condition was picked up on because his mobility was getting so bad, he was falling over all the time and walking on his tip-toes.
“He was tested and it came back he had Duchenne – the worst kind of muscular dystrophy.
“I would love it if he got to meet Bon Jovi, but also by telling people about the condition I hope I can raise some awareness.”
A spokeswoman for Sunderland AFC said: “We would be delighted to welcome Matthew and his family to the Bon Jovi concert in June as our guests.
“Whilst we are unable to arrange access to the band themselves, we will certainly pass the request on to the band’s management.”