By RENE CORNETTE
Reese Kemp is a 16 year old on a mission. A mission to help others and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis, a disease that he knows all to well. He was diagnosed with the life threatening, respiratory disease when he was only 2. Reese hasn’t let that slow him down though, in many ways it has only increased the way in which he lives.
Reese started his own foundation, “Reese’s Resources” which he uses to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and help others in need. He may only be 16 but his goodwill and kindness is immeasurable. While most kids his age are only concerned about the latest video game, he’s worried about how he can help others, instead. Just last year, he started giving away Big Blue Madness tickets after being inspired by his friend, Nerlens Noel’s gesture of kindness to Lane Goodwin’s family.
“I knew how much the players had changed my life,” Reese said, “and I wanted to change somebody else’s.”
Reese went on to give two tickets to a teenage boy who also had cystic fibrosis and just recently passed away. He gave two more to a young woman who had major heart surgery. That young woman died in late,October of last year, only two short weeks after attending Big Blue Madness.
“I guess I kind of made her last wish,” Reese said. “Knowing I helped her a little bit is what matters.”
Reese is giving away tickets to Big Blue Madness again this year. If you think you are deserving send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet him at @ReeseKemp2 explaining why you should be picked to attend Big Blue Madness. Reese will pick a winner on October 16, 2013. Send your email or tweet now and let Reese make your wish come true.