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80-year-old Packers fan's dream comes true

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WAOW (WAUSAU) -- An 80-year-old Wausau woman is going to her first Packers game Sunday.

Phyllis Barttelt has been an avid Packers fan for more than 20 years. She watches every game on television but has never been to Lambeau Field.

Last summer, Barttelt was diagnosed with lung cancer.

That's when Benedictine Living Community, where Barttelt lives, decided to send its favorite Packers fan to Lambeau.

Barttelt was thrilled when she heard the news.

"She almost punched me in the nose," said Carrie Becker of Benedictine Living Community.

Barttelt's Packers passion is known throughout the assisted living center.

Workers say Barttelt's cheers can be heard in the halls.

Barttelt says she's extremely disappointed when the Packers lose.

"I have three beers and go to bed," said Barttelt.

She says the Packers better play extra well for her on Sunday.

"I only got one thing to say," explained Barttelt. "They better play decent or they're never gonna see this face again."

Barttelt will go to the game with Becker.

But there is one person she wishes were there. Barttelt lost her husband about a year ago. She say's he'll be watching the game with her.

Bartellt expects to arrive at Lambeau Field on Sunday all decked out in her favorite Packers garb.

She plans to enjoy a cold beer and celebrate a green and gold victory.

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