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Dreamer Stories | In the News | September 7, 2017

A dream comes true:

It was an emotional night for Michael Lynch of South Elgin and his family when the Dream Foundation last month honored the terminally ill 68-year-old Vietnam veteran with a “Celebration of Life” event at the Lincoln Inn in Batavia.

Lynch, who has a life expectancy of less than three months, currently receives treatment at the VA Heinz Hospital in Maryland. He had not seen family and friends in the Fox Valley area for many years.

Organizers said it was the first time in 10 years the entire family and so many friends from this area had been able to gather on Michael’s behalf.

Part of the ceremony held last month, which really was all about honoring his wish to be with family again, included Lynch receiving a Vietnam lapel pin and a proclamation of the 50th anniversary of the war. A special Honor Guard presentation for Lynch also took place.

Lynch served in the field in Vietnam as a lance corporal in the First Marine division. He served two tours of duty in the war.