Earlier this week, UK football players Landon Foster, Max Strong, and Kelly Mason visited Kelly Melton, a seven-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia. Kelly and his family live in Science Hill, Kentucky, but he has been undergoing intense chemotherapy sessions at UK Children’s Hospital since being diagnosed back in November.
The players spent four hours with Kelly, and Foster gave him a signed pair of his cleats. On Wednesday, Kelly had surgery in his leg to remove a tumor and started another round of chemo. He’s halfway through his 9-month treatment plan.
Foster with Melton, “an awesome little guy” with whom he says to have a long friendship.
Foster, Strong and Mason are just the latest Wildcats to spend time with Kelly. Mark Stoops, Christian Coleman, Nerlens Noel and Martavious Neloms have all stopped by to hang out with Kelly, and he was even treated to a tour of the Wildcats’ locker room, UK’s football facilities and a sideline pass to the Spring Game. After the game, Stoops presented the game ball to Melton in front of the whole team.
Here’s a video featuring Kelly’s visit with the team:
Stay strong, Kelly.