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UK fan will help Joker coach tonight

A young UK fan with a rare bone disease that makes it impossible for him to play sports is getting a chance of a lifetime. He will be right alongside Joker Phillips and the football team as they prepare for and take the field against Kent State.

Seven-year-old Hunter Jarvis was born with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes his bones to break and not be able to heal. As a result of a broken leg he suffered earlier in his life, he must wear a leg brace 24-hours a day.

Today he will get to do something that many Big Blue fans can only dream of. The pain and struggle of his life will go away for just a little while as he goes through the routine of being a college football player. He ate a meal with the team Friday evening, and was with the team this morning for meetings. Later he will ride in the bus to the stadium, participate in the Cat Walk, and be with the coaches in the locker room.

Pretty awesome stuff.

Go Hunter.

[Source: WKYT]

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

14 Comments for UK fan will help Joker coach tonight



  1. Mr. Blonde
    1:15 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    My 6-year-old brother has that disorder. It’s pretty serious stuff.



  2. Great news
    1:16 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joker needs all the help he can get…



  3. my mom
    1:26 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great story!



  4. Blue Jesus
    1:53 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    This is great news! He probably knows more about football than Joker and his whole staff.



  5. Bluehaze
    1:56 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    A pure Class act, makes me proude to be a UK fan !!



  6. MtnCat
    2:37 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    I applaud the athletic dept for doing this. Go Cats!



  7. Bleaker
    2:49 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Osteogenesis imperfecta, not Neurofibromatosis. FYI. Anyway, Glad to see him fulfill a dream.



  8. Brad in Portland
    2:50 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cool story. Thanks for posting it.



  9. barn
    2:50 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    let him have joker’s job



  10. carnifex
    3:39 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    As the snarkiest poster you’ve ever seen, even I got to admit this is a class move by Joker. Good job, Coach Philips. Don’t let this praise go to your head. I’ll be back tomorrow to hammer on you. Til then, good job.



  11. Cool
    3:51 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe he can call the defense?



  12. MD
    5:17 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    7 – Osteogenesis Imperfecta might make more since they are describing fractures, but they specifically mention neurofibromatosis leading me to think the kid developed pseudoarthroses in his right lower extremity as a resulf of NF at a young age which would explain the brace/deformed limb. Would probably not be ambulating at this age if he had OI.



  13. herodotus6
    6:05 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Couldn’t hurt to let the kid call the plays too. Couldn’t do any worse than last week.



  14. Linda Taylor
    6:28 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    10-I’m in shock that you would say something nice about Joker, but I’ll get over it.