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Boy battling rare eye disease to meet Boston Celtics

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A New Zealand boy battling a tough condition that’s causing him to lose his sight, is about to get a look at his favorite Celtics players up close.

Twelve-year-old Louis Corbett suffers from a rare genetic eye disease just like two of his older brothers.

His condition has deteriorated rapidly, and he'll likely be legally blind well before he turns 40.

"Essentially what happens with the retina, is the cells start degenerating from the outside and they come in so the peripheral vision comes down until eventually it is straight ahead and down to a pin hole. Night time, no vision at night time,” said Tim Corbett, Louis’ dad.

Louis' parents have set out on a journey to fill their son's "visual database" with images and experiences that will stay with him through the potential darkness of later life.

"Fill up his bank really, his visual bank. Saturate him in color and light and textures and people,” said Louis’ mother.

Next month, Louis will live out his dream.

The Celtics have offered to host Louis and his dad, at the Garden on March 5.

"It will just be quite strange being up close to an actual NBA game,” Louis said.

"For me, I'll spend most of the game watching him rather than watching the game. Watching him soak it up. This joy and this excitement and this thrill is actually going to feed him and fulfill him for years,” said Tim.

His vision may be getting worse but Louis’ spirits remain high knowing that his biggest wish will come true.

"What you have done had changed my life completely, so thank you,” Louis said.

The Celtics have a personal connection with Louis’ condition; the family that owns the majority stake in the team has a son who suffers from vision impairment as well.

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