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UK Opens Its Doors for Lifelong Fan with Brain Cancer

Photo by Hunter Mitchell | Cameron Mills Radio

Zachary Summers does not have long to live, but he and his family are making the most of it.

The lifelong UK fan from Casey County has terminal brain cancer.  He was told by doctors he has just a few weeks to live.  Summers is spending his final days creating memories with his wife Alyssa and daughter Hadley.

“It’s been amazing to see the outpouring of love and support that people have and the way people want to help Zach and Hadley and us make memories together,” Alyssa said. “People from all over have reached out to offer tickets, or a prayer or just an encouraging word to kind of help things because it’s a scary time.”

Yesterday the University of Kentucky opened their doors for the Summers family.  They toured all of the facilities, from Kroger Field and the Nutter Football Training Facility to Rupp Arena.  Along the way he spoke to football coach Mark Stoops and met former basketball players Jeff Sheppard and Cameron Mills.  It was a day they’ll never forget.

KSTV’s Bradley McKee shared their story.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for UK Opens Its Doors for Lifelong Fan with Brain Cancer

  1. psuegobigblue
    7:25 pm July 6, 2017 Permalink

    What an incredible gift this young man and his family have received. The University of Kentucky has always gone above and beyond what might be expected in a situation such as this. Mr Summers and his family were given an experience most of us could only dream of. Live each day as though it were your last, for one day you will be correct. Blessings and Peace to this young man and his family.

  2. KYcats11
    7:29 pm July 6, 2017 Permalink

    Wow, that call with stoops brought tears to my eyes. Prayers to him and his family.

  3. krautdog
    7:53 pm July 6, 2017 Permalink