Atlanta, GA (CBS46) -- Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a group of children battling life-threatening chronic illnesses will be at the Super Bowl.

Sixteen Make-A-Wish Foundation children and their families got a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium Thursday, gaining access to the locker rooms and a chance to go onto the field.

Some of the older boys said it was surreal being able to throw the ball on the turf where the Super Bowl is about to be played.

Two boys in particular had a special connection. Liam Kelly, 11, of Scottsdale, AZ, and Gunter Garvin, 18, of Cabot, AR, both have heart conditions.

"He has half a heart, and I have an enlarged heart," said Gunter. "I kind of made a joke to him, 'Hey, you can take the extra of my heart add it to yours, and we'll both be good.’"

During the tour, the kids couldn’t stop smiling as they enjoyed the rare experience. Gunter thanked the Make-A-Wish Foundation for making his wish come true.

“It’s all more than I could’ve even imagined,” he said. “It’s been amazing.”

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