Billy Therriault, of Fairfield, meets the New York Giants through Make-A-Wish

A 9-year-old boy from Fairfield who suffers from a rare disease was granted the wish of a lifetime when he visited his favorite football team Friday. Billy Therriault, who suffers from a rare disease

News 12 Staff

Oct 4, 2014, 1:15 AM

Updated 3,552 days ago

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A 9-year-old boy from Fairfield who suffers from a rare disease was granted the wish of a lifetime when he visited his favorite football team Friday.
Billy Therriault, who suffers from a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, spent the day with the New York Giants thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The boy and his entire family had lunch with the team and then watched practice.
Therriault's only form of movement is by way of a flat wheel chair. He can speak a little to communicate with his mom and sisters. His disease is purely physical, so he is aware of everything that went on.
The family will also be attending the team's game this Sunday versus the Falcons. The Giants plan to have Therriault in the end zone during a timeout and will announce his name over the stadium's loudspeakers.
About 80 percent of those born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy die before 2 years of age.


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