Family talks about powerful experience seeing Pope in Washington, D.C.

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PARMA, OH – Erik Popik can’t say enough good things about his recent trip to Washington D.C.

He and the rest of his family went there to see Pope Francis.

Their decision to go had a lot to do with his twin daughters, Maggie and Mary. The seven-year-old girls both suffer from a very rare genetic disorder that’s often referred to as FOXG1.

It affects their physical growth, motor skills and ability to communicate.

"There's less than 200 children diagnosed worldwide and they're the only set of twins in the entire world diagnosed,” said Popik.

He said they were hoping Pope Francis would be able to bless the girls during mass, but unfortunately they couldn’t get close enough with the crowds. Even so, the experience was still very powerful.

"The enthusiasm of the crowd was awesome. People were jumping up on their chairs when he arrived at mass. You never saw anything like it,” said Eric’s wife, Jennifer Popik.

She said she and the rest of the family feel recharged and are ready for whatever comes their way.

"It's a certain kind of life and it's tough and it's wonderful and I just want to say thank you to everyone,” she said.

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