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Surprise given to Bullitt Co. brothers facing life-threatening disease

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Three brothers, all living with a life-threatening disease, got a major surprise on Saturday.

WDRB first introduced you to the Cissell boys 5 years ago.

As they continue to battle their disease, they're getting some extra help along the way.

Caleb, Elijah, and Jacob Cissell are all living with the same degenerative disease, forcing them to be wheelchair bound..

"All three of our sons have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Their life expectancy is 19. They're 17, 14, and 11. So, we try to give them the best quality of life that we can," says Brian Cissell, the boys' father.

So, the local Make-A-Wish chapter is stepped in to help.

"We provide an experience that allows the family to forget about medical battles, and allows the child to forget about doctors treatments and treatment schedules," says Emily Denholm with Make-A-Wish.

What used to be the Cissell's garage was transformed into a "man cave", at the request of the three boys.

As Jacob sees his new legos and a storage bin for them, his face lights up.

For the three brothers, it's a place to now turn to have more space. It's a place they can call their own.

"We just can't go places like most families can, so to stay home and be able to do things, movie night or have family over, that's what we do," says Brian Cissell.

Parents Brian and Paula Cissell, say they are beyond grateful.

"We don't take things for granted. Very thankful for the people who volunteered," says Brian Cissell.

In a house that is custom built for the boys, this will only add to making their life a little easier, giving them the "man cave" they've always wanted as they continue to battle this life-threatening disease.

"We're just honored to be the 12,000th wish and to have all the community that has helped and family and friends here today to help celebrate," says Paula Cissell.

The Make-A-Wish Chapter serves Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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