I don’t normally attend Eagle Scout ceremonies. The North County News runs announcements of new Eagle Scouts and their photos in the paper, so the scouts get their much-deserved press without me showing up at their official Eagle Court of Honor.
But I went to Dylan Norwood’s ceremony last night. You see, Dylan is one special scout.
I got to know him earlier this year when he was the subject of a cover story. He had half his brain removed when he was just 2 years old by Dr. Ben Carson. The dramatic surgery cured his seizures, but left him with a paralyzed hand, a limp, decreased peripheral vision.
Bottom line is Dylan has to work twice as hard to keep up with his friends in school or athletics.
Becoming an Eagle Scout was one of four major goals Dylan had. The others were getting his driver’s license (done) graduating from Hereford High School (done) and going to college (in two weeks).
Along the long journey toward Eagle Scout rank, Dylan had unwavering support from his parents, from Troop 451, and in particular, from scoutmaster Dan Licht.
He chose the perfect community project - delivering gift baskets to hospitalized children who had the same brain surgery, called a hemispherectomy.
With his parents, Stephen and Mary Beth, and his sister Katie by his side last night, Dylan received his Eagle Scout medal.
He looked up, totally surprised, when people gave him a thunderous standing ovation.
But it’s Dylan who has been surprising people all his life.