Very special moment last night with Noah Kennedy starting at WR for the Cardinals! pic.twitter.com/00RvAo52XY— WeAreColerain.com (@WeAreColerain) October 29, 2016
Since his birth, Noah Kennedy has been fighting for his life. Doctors didn’t expect him to live to age 3.
On Friday, he started for the Colerain (Cincinnati) football team on his senior night.
Kennedy was born with several health issues, and he’s in and out of doctor’s offices throughout the year. But he has always wanted to be a part of the Colerain football team, and he has spent his high school career as a team helper.
But on Friday he finally got a chance to be on the field, starting in Colerain’s 48-20 victory against Oak Hills.
“It felt amazing to be on that field and play against our good friends from Oak Hills. I was absolutely speechless, and it was truly a dream come true,” Kennedy told ElevenWarriors.com. “When I was younger, my mom was told that I wouldn’t make it past my 2nd birthday. Then she was told that I wouldn’t live past 4, then 8, then 13 and then 16. And here I am at 17, about to turn 18, proving all of those doctors (wrong).
“I was told that I was never allowed to play contact sports, so I simply accepted that. But I wanted to do something with football when I got to high school, so I joined the football team my freshman year as a football team manager. I had worked hard and dedicated my life to this team to get that moment, and I loved every minute of it.”
Not only did he get the chance to start, but he was also tasked with sealing the victory.
All in all, not a bad night.