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Warners help provide trip of a lifetime

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The Wellners and Warners in Disneyland The Wellners and Warners in Disneyland

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Pictures and autographs serve as constant reminders of a trip of a lifetime. Last June the Wellner family of Waterloo went to Disney World in Florida. Seven-year-old Nicholas Wellner chose the trip.

"Because there was lots of rides and I like Disney," said Nicholas.

Nicholas suffers from Batten disease. It was first noticed during a school vision test.

"He's lost his vision. Eventually it'll be mental capacity. He'll have seizures. He'll lose his ability to walk and move. It is a fatal disease," said mother Jill Wellner.

Jill Wellner said only about 150 to 200 people in the United States have Batten disease. The life expectancy is 10 to 15 years, but the Wellners aren't giving up hope.

The family got a major boost at Disney World with a special guest, besides Mickey.

"Kurt Warner. Why is he famous? Because he's a football player," said Nicholas Wellner.

Make A Wish and Kurt Warner's First Things First Foundation teamed up to offer the Wellners a stress free and fun filled vacation.

"We were with Kurt and his family everyday. we were down there five to six days so everyday we went to a different park. we went to lunch, went to dinner."

Nicholas saw a differnt side of Kurt Warner.

"My most favorite one was Rock "n Roller Coaster. When I was riding on it with Kurt Warner, he was screaming like a girl," said Nicholas Wellner.

The Wellners said the entire Warner family was extremely generous. The Wellners know exactly what they'll be doing Super Bowl Sunday.

"Definitely watching the game. That's for sure," said the Wellners.

Rooting on the man who's rooting for Nicholas.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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