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Boy fighting genetic condition visits home of Chicago Bears

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There are few fights in life more complicated, more emotional and more exhausting than the one fought on a football field. But those all seem trivial when you meet Will Raschke -  a true fighter in his own right.

Will has Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition present at birth and often associated with developmental delays and learning disabilities.

Barely surviving countless surgeries as a child, the 9-year-old has become an energetic inspiration to anyone who meets him.

But Will is much more than that – a strong family connection to Michigan has molded Will into a Detroit Lions fan. In fact, the only thing he loves more than his Lions is his seemingly endless collection of helmets.

But here in Chicago, we have a pretty good collection of helmets too, so FOX 32's Jake Hamilton went to Halas Hall to see if we could convert Will into a Bears fan.

Our adventure started, as the best ones always do, with presents. Israel Idonije sent over an entire collection of signed memorabilia. Riddell sent over a few Lions hats and the jackpot - an authentic Lions hat.

But in the sacred palace of Halas Hall, that just wouldn’t do. So from there, we had a pro take over – Bears equipment manager Tony Medlin.

After a quick run in with defensive back Marcus Trice, we made our way to the locker room where Tony showed off a few other Lions they’ve converted into bears fans.

From there, Will needed to see the real deal, so Tony made a few introductions: first round draft pick Kyle Fuller and quarterback David Fales.

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