A local California teenager living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will attend the premiere of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” — and the backstory couldn’t be more Hollywood.
Thanks to the help of “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson and the practical-jokes-for-good-causes website “Prank It FWD,” 14-year-old Dylan Miceli-Nelson’s appearance at the star-studded premiere is also a rare opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA, which is led by Dylan’s parents, Stan Nelson and Carrie Miceli.
Dylan was diagnosed as a toddler with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and he took his last steps at 13. He’s now confined to a wheelchair. An aspiring filmmaker with his own YouTube channel and “sit-down comedy” stint at The Improv, Dylan’s favorite show isSMOSH, featuring comedy-skit duo and that has a YouTube following of 21 million subscribers.