Superfan Giovanni Celebrates Philly Style

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PHILADELPHIA -- There are only a few reasons why 10-year-old Giovanni Hamilton and his family from Williamsport would be willing to wake up early on Thursday.

"The parade. Eagles day!"

This family headed out of Williamsport through the Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia.

Now that their team, the Philadelphia Eagles, have won the Super Bowl, it's time to celebrate Philly style.

"It's going to be like the game. I'm not going to have a voice at all," Giovanni said.

Giovanni has a rare genetic disorder called Schwartz Jampel syndrome. It affects his muscles.

In late December, thanks to social media, Giovanni got the call of a lifetime. The head coach of the Eagles and a few players invited him to a game on New Year's Eve.

Giovanni's parents promised to take him to the parade if the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

"Normally when we come down here, it's for Giovanni's appointments and surgeries. We usually don't get good news when we come down here, so to actually come down here and to have fun and celebrate our favorite team ever, this is great. This is awesome. It's definitely a change of pace. It was definitely a trip worth taking," said Giovanni's father Gian Algarin.

"I love it here so far. I'm with my own kind," Giovanni said.

The crowds were just too big for Giovanni and his family so they decided to watch a little farther back in a safer location.

"You can't move through the crowd at all. There are so many people partying and stuff. It's great, but we are stuck in the background. We are just happy to be here," said Giovanni's mom Shannon Algarin.

Giovanni didn't seem to mind.

"I'm so excited!"

"I think a lot of times because he feels like an underdog with all of his surgeries and all of his complications, the fact that his team was the underdog and they won it gives him some hope," his mother added.

And on parade day, a reason to celebrate.


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