ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A dream came true for a Minnesota family at the state wrestling tournament, even when the odds weren’t in their favor.

Julie Deslauriers of Canby, Minn., has ALS and doctors have given her a year to live.

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Her son, John, made qualified for the state wrestling tournament at 170 pounds.

“It’s been my dream ever since I was in kindergarten,” he said.

But Julie didn’t think she’d be able to go.

Then donations poured in from all over — from family, friends, and even complete strangers.

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“I don’t want to say it because I’m a macho guy, but I cried,” John said.

A hotel room was booked and suite was secured at the Xcel Energy Center.

“I saw his first match and now I get to see the end,” Julie said.

When the moment finally came, John wrestled hard, but came up short.

But, in so many other ways, he won.

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“This was my year to go and my mom was here to watch me,” John said.

John Lauritsen