UK Football signs 11-year-old with cystic fibrosis to team
LEXINGTON, Ky. - An 11-year-old battling cystic fibrosis is the newest member of the University of Kentucky football team following a signing ceremony Wednesday.
Luke Klausing of Louisville made the announcement during the ceremonial event at Kroger Field. Klausing is one of 30,000 people diagnosed with the life-threatening genetic disorder which affects the lungs.
The event was organized by Team IMPACT, a nonprofit which links children battling illness with universities so they can participate in various events with athletic programs. Klausing will be able to attend football games, practices and other events.
Kentucky players took part in the event, showing Klausing around the field where they played throw-and-catch. Klausing chose to wear 18, which was the number Randall Cobb wore while in college.
The signing was sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a company which provides treatments for cystic fibrosis.