ATLANTA (WPRI) — A South Kingstown teen thought he’d never get to attend a Super Bowl game, but now he’s in Atlanta cheering on the New England Patriots thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Adam Aref, 19, was granted his wish back in November. He has a rare genetic disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It’s progressive, irreversible and there’s currently no cure.
The Rhode Island and Massachusetts Make-A-Wish foundations partnered up with the NFL to provide Aref and his family with tickets.
“It’s been a great day,” Aref tells Eyewitness Sports. “We went to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, we went to the field and were able to go on it.”
Aref said he would’ve loved to attend Super Bowl LIII no matter what teams were play, but he said it’s even more special since he gets to root for his favorite team.
“Adam has not stopped smiling since he got here” Aref’s mother Marie said. “He knew he was going to the Super Bowl, but NFL and Make-A-Wish took it over the top.”
Aref was also able to meet former Patriots player Steve smith.
“It was a lot of fun, I didn’t expect him to come up to me,” Aref said.
Aref is a true Patriots fan but like many die-hard fans he had his doubts this year.
“Turns out a coach and a quarterback can do a lot for a team and get them back to the Super Bowl three years straight!” Aref said.
New England Nation has you covered all week leading up to the big game, and will have exclusive digital content each day from Atlanta.