Emmanuel's Dream

Meet Emmanuel

Meet Emmanuel, a kind and compassionate sophomore enrolled at North West Cabarrus High School who has battled end stage kidney disease for the past four years. During this time, Emmanuel’s day-to-day life has looked drastically different compared to his peers.

Emmanuel has spent each night hooked up to a machine in order to endure the discomfort of 10-hour dialysis sessions. However, dialysis does not fully replace all the kidney’s functions, so it is not considered a cure for kidney disease. Ultimately, Emmanuel was in desperate need of a transplant.

In February 2023, the prayers of Emmanual, his family, and the community were answered. After four years of placing his life on hold, Emmanuel received his long-awaited kidney transplant!

Post-transplant, Emmanuel continues to face medical challenges but remains positive through the love and support shown by his high school’s student body.

This 15-year-old loves soccer and admires world-class professional fútbol athletes. Emmanuel dreams of attending an MLS match and embracing the atmosphere as a VIP!

Emmanuel's Dream

This was a top tier Dream for Dream Kid, Emmanuel thanks to so many amazing people, but especially the Northwest Cabarrus High School Jr. Dream Team, Charlotte FC, Atrium Health, and Levine Children’s.

Day one started with a surprise send off at school with the Jr. Dream Team, entire student body, community members, and members of Charlotte FC. From there, Emmanuel hopped in a Lamborghini with a police escort from the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department right to Bank of America Stadium. Upon leaving school, Emmanuel started to tear up and said “I can’t believe this is real.”

After practice we headed to Topgolf, followed by dinner at Fahrenheit-Charlotte and a night at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, Autograph Collection.

Saturday was a day in the Queen City fit for a king for Dream Kid, Emmanuel. After a relaxed morning, Emmanuel and his brother enjoyed time at the Museum of Illusions – Charlotte followed by a delicious lunch of their favorite food – nachos and tacos!

After some downtime, the crew headed to Bank of America Stadium for Charlotte FC pregame activities where Emmanuel was the Atrium Health Honorary Game Captain! He loved being honored and announced on the big screen with his brothers, followed by time in a private suite with his family and friends thanks to Atrium Health.

He enjoyed every minute of the game and spending time with the Northwest Cabarrus High School Jr. Dream Team. A Charlotte FC win was the perfect ending to the perfect Dream!

Dream Snapshots

Thank you to the Northwest Cabarrus High School Jr. Dream Team for making Emmanuel's Dream come true!