Rare Medical Condition Connects Two Children Living Thousands of Miles Apart in Touching Two in a Million Clip

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04/06/2016 AT 01:50 PM EDT

There are fewer than 100 cases of Schwartz Jampel Syndrome reported worldwide, but for Giovanni Algarin, 8, and Owen Howkins, 9, the rare medical condition brought their two families together.

In TLC’s new series Two in a Million cameras follows the boys (Algarin is from Pennsylvania while Howkins is from the UK) as they meet for the first time and spend a week together sharing their hardships and triumphs, visit doctors and find answers to important questions about their rare condition.

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Giovanni Algarin and Owen Howkins

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Schwartz Jampel Syndrome is a rare type of dwarfism characterized by muscle weakness and stiffness, abnormal bone development and fixed joints. It can be very painful and requires surgeries.

“When Owen was diagnosed you realize very quickly that there’s a lot of things he won’t be able to do,” says Howkins father Will in an exclusive clip from the series. “He is not going to be able to run around.”

But when the boys get a chance to play ice hockey on the show, their thrilled to try the sport.

“It was the most amazing experience of my life,” says Algarin. “I could never imagine that I could play hockey.”

“It was so great him getting along with other kids and feeling normal,” says Algarin’s dad Gian. “For the first time he didn’t feel like he was special he just felt like one of the kids.”

Two in a Million premieres Wednesday at 10:00 P.M. on TLC

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