The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum, Inc[FONT='Times New Roman','serif'].[/FONT]Mans Quest to Explore Under the Sea
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']82990 Overseas Hwy – MM 83
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[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Islamorada, FL 33036
Phones: 305-664-9737/fax 664-9736 [/FONT]
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Email: divingmuseum@aol.com[/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Website: www.DivingMuseum.org[/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']“DIVING A DREAM EXHIBIT” [/FONT]
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[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']A dream became a reality for Matthew Johnston in Nov. of 2006. Matt suffers from Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy; he is now a quadriplegic, permanently on a [/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']ventilator[/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] to sustain his life. Since childhood in Minnesota, Matt’s has dreamed of diving in the Florida Keys - despite the odds. It took years of planning, preparation and the generosity of many good people for Matt to fulfill his dream to SCUBA dive in the ocean.
A recent segment of the “Today” show documented Matt’s progression towards realization of his dream dive.

What‘s Next?
Now Matt has another dream. He has donated his specialized, one-of-a-kind diving outfit to the History of Diving Museum, hoping that we would create a special exhibit to show other handicapped individuals that they can also accomplish the seemingly impossible. “It not just for me - it’s for all the other people who have a dream of doing something that others say can’t be done.”

The dream will also come true for Matt at The History of Diving Museum.

WHAT: An Unveiling Exhibit Reception of “Diving A Dream”
A Wine & Cheese Event - Showing of NBC’s “Today” segment.
WHERE: The History of Diving Museum – MM82.9 – Bayside
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 @ 7PM
RSVP: 305.664.9737 or Claire@divingmuseum.org
COST: $25. Per person / Donations will be accepted and appreciated


What is needed?
Help the Museum fulfill Matt’s dream: the estimated cost for the production of the “Diving a Dream Exhibit” will run between $15,000 - $18,000. Your donations to the exhibit and for the Exhibit Preview Reception will help us defray this cost. Your donation will help us commemorate this man’s courageous dive on a [/FONT]
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Urgency: Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy affects mostly males and the average life expectancy is about 30 years of age. Matthew Johnston turned 31 in January 2008. [/FONT]