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May 18, 2013

Former UK basketball star, local cancer patient form special bond


Somerset —

“You can’t Mommy?” asked Kelly, after Lisa’s comment. “What about Daddy?”
Harrison echoed Lisa’s thoughts.
“No, I couldn’t,” answered Harrison.
Kelly’s request that people give blood seems strange, coming from a seven-year-old, but the reasoning behind it shows Kelly’s utmost regard for everyone around him – even fellow patients.
Kelly had needed as many as five blood transfusions during his hospital stay at Christmas. He was worried he had taken all the blood away from others who needed it.
“He was scared he was going to run them out,” said Harrison. “He got a little worried that the other children wouldn’t have enough blood.”
The Meltons are looking toward the future – toward a healthy Kelly.
They’ve been doing everything they can to help him learn while he’s taking treatments, as homebound school can be inconsistent depending on his hospital stays. They’re hoping to integrate him back into school next year as he continues treatments.
And Kelly’s looking forward to returning back to his normal life as well.
“I can play soccer once I’m through with all this,” said Kelly.
And Kelly’s faith has even comforted his parents in the face of many unknowns. Harrison couldn’t help but break down one day, in a quiet moment away from the hospital. Kelly had some soothing words for him.
“He said ‘Don’t worry, Dad. I’m going to kick this, and if I don’t, I’m going to go to heaven and be with Jesus, so don’t worry about it,’” said Harrison.

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