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Against the odds: man lives to celebrate 21st birthday
Jul 14th, 2017

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – It was a 21st birthday that wasn’t supposed to happen.

A Port St. Lucie man, who has outlived his doctor’s prognosis, became of legal age Wednesday.

When Dylan Picariello was 3 and a half years old and seemingly healthy, doctors found an inoperable brain tumor. It grew aggressively. At 6-years-old, he was given two weeks to two months to live.

But Wednesday he turned 21-years-old.

Pizza and beer: those were the requests from the birthday boy.

“Perfect birthday, that’s what we’re trying to do for the man. Trying to keep my man happy, Dylan,” said Jordan Vanduzer from behind the counter, making pizza, at Big Apple Pizza in Ft. Pierce.

Scott Vanduzer, his foundation and his pizzeria, Big Apple provide the pies.

The Busch family provide the drinks. Phillip’s great-grandfather started Budweiser.

“So, I brought as many beers as possible,” Phillip said as we gathered outside of Dylan’s house in Port St. Lucie.

Local leaders, like St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, part of the party.

“We all turn 21 once, didn’t we?” Mascara says with a smile.

State representative Larry Lee and Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec were also there.

The group brought pizza, cake, beer and decorations to Dylan’s home for a big surprise.

“What’s happening? DYLAN!” Scott says, opening the door. “Happy Birthday, man! This is a big one, right? 21!“

We all file in and meet Dylan.

But before we crack any beers…

“Is he legal sheriff?” Scott asks Mascara, who checks Dylan’s ID.

“That’ll do it buddy!” Mascara says, handing it back. “Happy Birthday!”

“Are you going with the bud or the bud light?” Scott asks.

“Bud Light,” Dylan mouths.

“Bud light!“ Scott reaffirms.

Scott passes the beers out to everyone who’s off the clock and out of uniform…and then cheers.

“Today is very special to me Dylan, to see you. And to celebrate your 21st birthday. This one’s for Dylan! Heyyyyyyyy!”

Sharon helps her son take his first sip.

“What’d you think? Scott asks.

Dylan mouths affirmative.

“He liked it!” Scott announces.

A 21st birthday success.

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