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7-year-old Kelly Melton hasn’t let cancer dampen his spirit or his love for UK football

Click on the photo of Kelly and Ashley to view the video.

Click on the photo of Kelly and Ashley to view the video.


Kelly Melton, a 7-year-old who is a huge Kentucky football fan, was diagnosed with leukemia on November 8, 2012.  Since then, many of the UK football players have taken time to visit Kelly at the UK Children’s Hospital where he receives treatment.  New coach Mark Stoops also visited recently, stopping by to play Legos with Kelly.  Much of the Lexington community has banded together in support of Kelly  – many wear blue wristbands that say “Kickin it 4 Kelly” to show their support for his fight.

At the spring game on Saturday, Kelly was given the privilege of greeting the players at the end of the Cat Walk, going into the locker room and getting sideline passes to the game. He even got the game ball after the game.  Although Kelly has been receiving regular chemotherapy treatments, his excitement for UK football was by no means lessened.  Here is Kelly talking about the special day he had at Commonwealth Stadium.

If you are interested in supporting Kelly, you can like “Kickin it 4 Kelly” on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kickinit4Kelly or you can follow on Twitter at @Kickinit4Kelly for more information, as well as updates on Kelly’s hard-fought battle with cancer.


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  1. Larry Pup

    Just a great video and article. Kelly is a great kid and my thoughts and prayers are with him. God is able. Thanks Coach Stoops and players for being there for Kelly and his family.

  2. Don Oakes

    Praying for you Kelly and your family.

    1. larryvaught

      Amen to that Don. Great job by Kelly and Ashley on video

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