June 25, 2011
Spokane Boy's KISS Wish Comes True
Annie Bishop | KXLY4 Reporter

A Spokane boy's lifetime wish came true Friday night when he met the members of KISS at the Spokane Arena.

Dilan Kohn has cystic fibrosis which requires him to spend weeks and sometimes months at a time in the hospital.

Through it all, the magic of music has inspired Dilan to remain positive.

He became a KISS fan at 9 years old and has never looked back.

"Every time I listen to it I just imagine being at a Kiss concert," Dilan said.

"His face just perks up, he immediately sticks out his tongue," said Paul Kohn, Dilan's Dad.

So, when Dilan's dad scored floor seats to see KISS in concert at the Spokane Arena Friday Dilan began counting down the months, weeks and days.

What he didn't know is that his dad and the staff at the Spokane Arena were working behind the scenes to make the evening even more special.

On Thursday, a day before the concert, arena staff got the green light to arrange KISS and Dilan meet backstage.

Just after 8 p.m., Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, in their concert costumes, walked through the doors of a room backstage to meet Dilan.

"I'm excited," said Dylan

The band spent about ten minutes with Dilan and a few other fans taking photos and signing autographs before heading onto stage.

It was a night Dilan will never cherish forever.

Kiss has not just helped Dilan feel better but it has also helped his father as well. Last year Paul was in the hospital for weeks so Dilan decided to make Paul Kiss dolls to help cheer him up. Paul said that for Dilan "to make something for me to make me feel better while I was sick, just made me feel great."

Dilan and Paul sure have a strong bond but this bond is going to be made even stronger tonight at the concert.

"It's going to be a once in a lifetime thing!" Paul said.

The best part of all is that Dilan and Paul are going to get the opportunity to meet Kiss tonight at the concert backstage.