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South Florida boys experience Super Bowl thanks to Make-A-Wish Organization

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 19:09:02-05

Two South Florida boys had their dreams delivered at this year's Super Bowl!

14-year-old Ely from Boca Raton has bone cancer, and 11-year-old Roman from Lake Worth has leukemia. Both were VIPs at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

The NFL and Make-A-Wish hosted 16 children at the big game.

Ely and Roman scored great seats, got a personal tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and met members of the NFL Hall of Fame, among other exciting experiences.

Ely, who used to play football, has been waiting years for his wish to be granted.

“When I was feeling bad I thought about Make-A-Wish and how would I plan it, what would I choose, I would eat, breathe, sleep football and I have been thinking about this wish for a long time, and it really cheered me up." said Ely.

On Tuesday afternoon, the boys returned home to South Florida and met the generous donors who made this once-in-a-lifetime trip possible.

Family members, fans, and even mascots cheered the boys on when they arrived at The Learning Experience in Deerfield Beach for a special celebration.

The boys shared their stories and favorite memories at the Super Bowl.

Ely said he loved meeting all the players at the NFL Honors ceremony and Roman said he liked going to the aquarium and seeing the stadium.

Ely’s mother said her son can no longer play football but this experience has given him a different outlook on how he can be involved in the game.

“Now Ely wants to be a professional coach, with I thought was exciting and thought maybe this would be career changing for him,” she said.