TROY, N.Y. (WHDH) — A boy from New York will be taking a trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, thanks to the Make-a-Wish foundation

Landon LaChance, 11, has neurofibromatosis. The rare genetic disorder causes Landon’s skin to change color and causes non-cancerous tumors to form. His mother, Mary LaChance, said he has undergone MRIs since he was 2 years old.

At Sunday Morning Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Landon found out from his priest that the Make-a-Wish Foundation would be granting his wish: to be blessed by Pope Francis. Landon’s family said he is very involved with church and loves serving as an altar boy.

“It was a very hard decision to make,” said Landon. “I wanted to go see the Pope and I wanted to see if this would help, getting blessed by the Pope.”

Within the next two weeks, the LaChance family will visit the Vatican so Landon can meet Pope Francis.

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