A KID WHO LOVES FOOTBALL.
BUT HAS NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY.
KXLY'S GRACE DITZLER WAS AT THE GAME IN COEUR D'ALENE
SHE SPOKE TO PLAYERS, THE COACH, AND THIS SPECIAL
CAPTAIN ABOUT WHAT THE TITLE MEANS TO THEM.
it's the vikings football team's last game of the
season so some of the players decided to honor one
of their friends and classmates who has a brain tumor
and can't play football himself.
KARSTEN FAGAN IS A BIG FOOTBALL FAN.
BUT HE'S NEVER BEEN ABLE TO PLAY.
IN HIS 12 YEARS OF LIFE, HE'S GONE THROUGH 49 SURGERIES,
RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY.
i dont think hes ever stepped on a football field
before, because hes either at home or at a hospital,
so its hard all he does is watch and he never does,
so we kind of want to bring him some encouragement
to go play.
KARSTEN LEAD THE TEAM OUT ONTO THE FIELD, AND HANDED
OUT A ROSE TO HIS MOTHER, JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER
for me it almost brings tears to my eyes just thinking
about how much these guys care about each other and
care about others and i think they're going to grow
up to be good humans.
FOOTBALL COACH TONY PRKA SAYS THE BOYS CAME UP WITH
THIS IDEA ON THEIR OWN.
AS A TEAM, THEY'VE BEEN FOCUSING ON ANTI-BULLYING
AND HELPING PEOPLE.
AND SO TEAMMATE RODDY ROMERO THOUGHT OF INCLUDING
KARSTON IN THEIR SPECIAL DAY.
i think personally hes the most toughest kid around
here, hes had 49 surgeries all over his body and he
still had to go to school.
THE TEAM SAYS KARSTEN IS ALWAYS POSITIVE, PATIENT,
AND SUPPORTIVE OF OTHERS, AND THEY WANTED TO SHOW
THAT SAME RESPECT TO HIM.
hes got a lot of stuff hes been through by himself,
and its good to know there's more than just a few
people standing by his side through it.
KARSTEN'S MOTHER SAYS SHE'S HONORED THE BOYS THOUGHT
OF HER SON.
as a mother you could only hope that kids would accept
him for who he is, and that is a great blessing in
our life to know that the kids accept him and love
him and we appreciate the parents for teaching their
kids to love others.
AND FOR KARSTON.
HE'S JUST EXCITED TO WEAR THAT VIKING JERSEY.
KARSTON: go vikings!!!