True Blue Couple Has Special Proposal For UK Fan
March 22, 2017 

(LEX 18) One True Blue fan will be watching the game Friday night and he has some special ties to one UK senior and his bride-to-be.

When Derek Willis proposed to girlfriend Keely Potts on "Senior Night, he nearly brought the house down.

While Willis and Potts started planning their wedding, they chose a little boy to join their wedding party

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A Special Bond

By Alex Risen, March 15, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Derek Willis isn’t much of a talker.  He’ll be the first to acknowledge he’s not outgoing and usually keeps to himself.

But there’s one friend in particular, a special Solid Blue fan, that’s bringing out a different side to Derek and keeping basketball in perspective for the junior forward.

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Lexington boy with progeria, now 8, prepares to enter third grade and dance his way through 'Uptown Funk'

By Cheryl Truman, [email protected], July 20, 2015

Zach Pickard, the Lexington boy diagnosed with progeria as an infant, is now 8 years old and about to start the third grade at Stonewall Elementary. He is tiny, just 29 pounds and three feet tall but he is also mighty. Although progeria is a cruel disease — limiting growth and causing a raft of health problems — Zach is a whirlwind of chatter.

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Zach Pickard at 7: Despite progeria, he is a 'champion'

By Cheryl Truman, [email protected] 21, 2014

Zach Pickard sits next to the cage of his beloved guinea pig KC, singing Queen's We Are The Champions. KC responds to Zach's spirited singing by sitting quietly rather than skittering around his cage. When Zach reaches into the cage, the guinea pig responds patiently to the Zach's persistent cuddling, calmly chewing on the edge of Zach's T-shirt sleeve. Read more here:




Katie Couric Show - Meet Inspiring Kids Living With Progeria

For the past 15 years, the Progeria Research Foundation has been dedicated to understanding Progeria, which affects just 114 children worldwide. It's become an invaluable resource, community, and support system for children and families. Related Article: Katie’s Memorable Guests


Lexington family raising money for rare disease research

By: Kristen Kennedy- Email Updated: Sun 6:17 PM, Sep 08, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - He's a Lexington boy fighting a big battle. Six-year-old Zach Pickard is one of only 16 children in the US with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. The syndrome is one that causes rapid aging. Continued...

Kentucky boy battles rare aging disease

Posted: Sep 06, 2013 9:33 AM By Rachel Collier - bio | email 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- A six-year-old Kentucky boy has a rare and fatal genetic condition, but it does not seem to faze him. This weekend in Louisville, his parents hope to raise thousands of dollars to help find a cure and raise awareness. Continued...



It's a race against time for young Kentucky boy

Posted: Sep 06, 2012 3:01 PM By Lori Lyle - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's the season to lace up the tennis shoes and support some great causes. One walk in particular will send people running to Cherokee Park this weekend.  Continued...

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