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The Make-A-Wish foundation gives one Northwoods football fan a dream weekendSubmitted: 10/11/2016
Mark Spillane
Mark Spillane
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mspillane@wjfw.com

The Make-A-Wish foundation gives one Northwoods football fan a dream weekend
RHINELANDER - Last year, one local football player was forced to give up playing the game he loves.

Rhinelander freshman Bobby Towne hasn't played football since he was diagnosed with Wilson's Disease last August.

That hasn't stopped him from rooting for the Packers.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up with the Packers to give Bobby a weekend at Lambeau.

But they gave him an even better weekend than he hoped.


"My wish was just to meet Jordy Nelson and go to the game. I wasn't expecting going to a hotel in Appleton, getting up early, going in the limo like to Green Bay, and having lunch with them, getting to know them. It was pretty cool," said Towne.

Jordy Nelson gave Bobby a pair of signed gloves, while several players and coaches signed a football presented by Make-A-Wish.

Bobby said he might bring some of those new souvenirs to school to show his friends.

"I'm going to show them pictures, I might bring my gloves. I might just bring these [gloves] maybe only, but I have to keep them kind of safe. I'm debating if I should bring something," said Towne.

This weekend made him even more passionate about his favorite team.

"I meet them, and it's like they're cool friends of mine. It's like 'yeah Go Pack Go' and I'm even more pumped up right now and it's like 'yeah, go, go,'" said Towne. "Yeah, really nice guys to meet and all that stuff."

Wilson's Disease prevents Bobby's body from filtering out copper.

He will eventually need a liver transplant but is currently using medication that allows him to function with his current liver.

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