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Reese Kemp receives key to the city of Nicholasville


Reese and Referee Guy after receiving his key to the city

By now, you’ve heard the story of Reese Kemp, a 16-year-old UK fan diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and diabetes. Kemp has dedicated his life to giving back to others in need, and in the process, has made some pretty cool friends. On Reese’s contacts list? John Wall, Terrence Jones, and Nerlens Noel, who regularly check in to see how he’s doing. Nerlens and Reese are so tight that they rode go-karts together before the season began (a pretty awesome mental image if you ask me).

The Herald-Leader’s John Clay has a wonderful profile of Reese that I suggest you read, especially because today, Reese Kemp received a key to the city of Nicholasville. It’s a small token for a kid who could teach us all a thing or two about what’s important in life.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Reese Kemp receives key to the city of Nicholasville



  1. oldschool
    7:36 pm February 25, 2013 Permalink

    The young man sounds like he has a great attitude. Congrats!



  2. BAC05
    8:07 pm February 25, 2013 Permalink

    A well deserved reward! Keep moving forward young man.



  3. Al's IndiCats
    8:53 pm February 25, 2013 Permalink

    When some of us are worried about making it to the dance, we seem to forget about what dance is really important. God Bless!



  4. BravoBigBlue
    7:06 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    What an extraordinary young man. Such a blessing and inspiration. He is touching and changing people’s lives.



  5. Bluegrass
    8:52 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    That kid sure doesn’t look 16.

    God bless him, my nephew has the same disease and it is a horrible thing to have to endure.



  6. Jack Nicklaus
    9:13 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Reese is The Man!! Dude can teach us all alot. Keep doing your thing Reese…you are touching more people than you know. BTW…I still want to know where you and your buddies get those awesome hats!