A special wish came true for a California boy with a terminal illness.
Patrick Partington, 11, has a progressive and potentially fatal disease with a life expectancy around 27-years-old. It's always been his wish to witness a rollercoaster being built.
Recently, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom that dream came true. From the bolts that will help anchor the new rollercoaster, to the purple and green track, Patrick, along with his twin sister and their mom, got the backstage tour from people building the rollercoaster.
Patrick and his sister have the same genetic disease, which is called cystinosis. It's so rare only an estimated 500, mostly young, people have it in the United States. There are only 2,000 cases worldwide. Cystinosis produces an unwanted amino acid that destroys the organs, eyes and muscles and there is no cure. Their mother said kidney transplants are likely in a few years.
The Partingtons said it was a great experience at Six Flags.
"We have to be strong so they can be strong," the children's mother said.