Young Fan with Debilitating Bone Disease Gets to Help Coach Favorite Team Today

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2012

WKYT Lexington
WKYT Lexington

Kari Hall of WKYT in Lexington reported today about a seven-year-old Kentucky football fan named Hunter Jarvis getting the chance of a lifetime.

Jarvis was born with a with a rare bone disorder known as neurofibromatosis. This disease causes his bones to break very easily as well as being unable to heal (Hunter has already suffered a broken leg during his lifetime and now must wear a brace for it 24 hours a day).

This obviously keeps him from ever being able to play any sports, which can be incredibly depressing for a young kid who loves football like Hunter does. Every Saturday that the Wildcats play, he suits up in a UK football helmet and uniform to cheer on his team. Football may not be in this kid's future, but it's in his blood and in it's in his heart.

The Lexington Dream Factory, an all-volunteer organization that grants wishes to seriously ill children, heard about Hunter's story and contacted the University of Kentucky Athletic Department.

Joker Phillips and his staff set up a full weekend in which Hunter will go to team meetings, go through the team's pregame walk with the players, and get to be on the sidelines as his Wildcats take on the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The following video is awesome on a number of different levels...and may cause someone near you to thoughtlessly start chopping onions.


I make a lot of jokes on here about how tough it is to be a Kentucky football fan, but this seven-year-old kid goes through his own personal hell every day and still gives his heart and soul to Big Blue every Saturday.

There will be time to talk about my problems with the coaching staff and athletic department later. Right now, I'm going to take a lesson from Hunter and spend a few hours rooting for my team.


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