Adam Stevenson, 14, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The Belvoir estate lad is wheelchair-bound due to the muscle-wasting condition that has limited his life expectancy to his mid-20s.
The community in East Belfast raised money to take Adam and his family to see Rangers V Kilmarnock at the weekend.
Adam was joined by dad Gary, mum Beverley and brother Jake as they got a behind-the-scenes look at the training ground with Rangers legend Mark Hateley.
Gary, 53, told Belfast Live: “We’ve been on holiday before to Spain and we’ve been to Florida but this Rangers trip has just turned another light on for Adam. There’s just another level in his life that’s that’s just lit up that we didn’t think was there.
“There was something missing and whatever happened last weekend it switched another level of his life on.”
Donations towards the trip came from R.E.A.C.H, East Belfast Action for Community Transformation (ACT), Rangers supporters clubs from HW Welders, East Belfast Constitutional Club and Lagan Village along with the Union Jack Shop and East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band.
The game finished 1-1 but it was a trip the family won’t forget.
Gary said: “We were a good hour and a half at the training ground, watching the players train.
“We met up with Morales which was incredible, we met all the staff and the two boys were just gobsmacked.
“Mark Hateley bent over backwards for us, he was like a family member and everything we wanted to see he showed us.
“The game itself was poor but at the same time just being there for Adam and Jake and seeing the crowds was outstanding.
“They couldn’t take it in. They’re still gob smacked, they couldn’t believe the size of the crowds.
“I don’t know what it was – they must have read the article on Belfast Live – because they were coming up and saying: “You’re the family from Belfast”. Everyone had the thumbs up – we were totally taken aback.
“And then people who did know us were saying how great it was to have us over.
“We had red carpet treatment the whole way through.”
- Friends of the family are hosting an event at East Belfast Working Men’s Club on Friday night from 8pm to raise money for Adam. Entry is £3.