BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A Battle Creek teenager with a rare congenital heart condition made a wish more than three years ago. This weekend, that wish will be granted.
Christopher Newburn, 15, wants to go to the Super Bowl. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Michigan, he’s leaving for Atlanta early Thursday morning to see the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
“I only have half of my heart,” Christopher explained to 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.
His heart condition required several surgeries before he turned 3.
“I have to take my time doing stuff and when I get worn out I have to make sure I rest and not overdo myself,” Christopher said.
But just because he can’t play sports anymore doesn’t mean he’s not a sports fan.
“I would rather see the Rams win than the Patriots because I’m tired of seeing the Patriots win over and over again,” Christopher said.
No matter who wins the big game this Sunday, Christopher will be there to see it all. Make-A-Wish Michigan granted him an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta and two tickets to Sunday’s game.
Christopher says he chose the Super Bowl over other wishes, like a trip to Walt Disney World, because it’s such a rarity to attend the game in person.
“I was happy to go since there’s not a lot of kids that are able to go to the Super Bowl,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the game and watching the halftime show in person, instead of on the television or whatever, since it’s going to be Maroon 5 performing.”
While he’s in town, Make-A-Wish Michigan made it possible for Christopher to visit the College Football Hall of Fame, the Super Bowl Experience and attend the NFL red carpet event.