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Dutton family prepares for Make-A-Wish trip to San Diego

Posted: Jan 07, 2018 4:12 PM Updated:

An 11-year-old boy from Dutton is headed to San Diego with his family through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Levi Wahl, his parents, and siblings will visit the beach, Legoland, and the San Diego Zoo as part of his wish.

Although the National Institute of Health (NIH) diagnosed Levi with hereditary benign intraepithelial dyskeratosis, a disease of the conjunctiva, cornea, and oral mucosa, his diagnosis is still unknown.

Levi's rare condition causes him to have hearing and vision problems. He has fought the disease since he was a baby.

During the reveal party hosted by Make-A-Wish volunteers on Sunday at the Pit Stop Tavern in Great Falls, Levi's parents Lily and Steve Wahl said they were thankful and overwhelmed.

"If we've gone on a family holiday or vacation, it's all wrapped around going to the doctor and getting surgery or looking for a diagnosis," Lily Wahl said. "We've never really just had a family trip where we just went and are together and could just be a family and enjoy each other so that is pretty amazing and overwhelming."

According to Lily Wahl, Levi has visited doctors in Seattle and Portland as well as the Mayo Clinic and NIH. 

He has undergone several studies and been featured in medical journals. He received a cornea transplant that failed. 

For the trip, the Wahl family has VIP tickets to go behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo.

"It's pretty amazing because Levi can't see," Lily Wahl said. "To be able to go see the animals up close is just amazing."

Levi and his family will leave on Wednesday and return on Monday.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Montana, visit here.

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