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Brothers granted gifts from make a wish

A pair of East Texas brothers share their childhood and a rare disease, a disease that made them the recipients of the Make-a-Wish foundation. In Harrison county 7 year old Tyler Knoble and his 4 year old brother Jaxon, are afflicted with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, a debilitating condition that affects the bones and growth.

"Its a bone marrow failure syndrome, it effects their growth, pancreas , effects their blood count. Its a life threatening illness," says the boys father, Raymond Knoble.

There is no cure. The boys have to have repeated treatments.

"For years Jaxon stayed sick a lot because of his blood count," Raymond says.

Make-a-Wish was notified and came to grant the boys whatever they wanted. They could have asked for Disneyland, but instead kept it simple.

"Make a wish has done a tremendous job today of making these two boys happy," says Raymond.

Jaxon asked only for a clubhouse.

"You can tell he's playing with it like crazy," Dad says.

Tyler asked for a game room, where he and his two brothers could play.

"I've always had a heart for children and to be able to be a part of these children with what they've gone through in their lives, its amazing," says Make-a-Wish worker Connie Harper.

This is the first time Make-a-Wish of East Texas has granted wishes to a set of brothers.

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