ClaySTV || The inspiring story behind Kole Cottam's jersey number

02/16/2017 07:50 PM

Kentucky baseball’s Kole Cottam has been through a lot in his nearly 20 years of living.

The sophomore catcher from Knoxville, Tennessee was born with a rare condition in his right eye called congenital melanocytic nevus, a type of birthmark or mole that is found in an estimated one percent of infants worldwide.

Cottam had to have surgery on his right eye when he was three months old. While he may not have remembered that one, he sure remembered the ones that followed.

He would go on to have TWELVE more surgeries on his right eye by the time he was an eighth grader.

Through it all, baseball was always Cottam’s getaway from his struggles. He loved the game, and hoped to follow in his dad’s footsteps of being a college catcher.

After his thirteenth surgery, he decided he would change his number to 13 as a symbol of his past.

On the verge of starting his sophomore season on Friday, Cottam is preparing for a much bigger role not only on the field, but off of it as well.

Clayton Abernathy has more on how Cottam’s condition helped develop him into the person he is today.

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