Lifelong Kentucky fan living life to the fullest with the time he has left

07/06/2017 04:00 PM

Zachary Summers has been a lifelong fan of the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Casey County native, who is battling terminal brain cancer and has been told he only has a few weeks left to live, has always dreamed of touring Kentucky’s football and basketball facilities. On Wednesday, he was awarded that opportunity.

“It was just a good day,” said Summers. “I talked to (Coach) Stoops. I’m really glad I could do what we’re doing today. It’s basically my dream.”

Zachary and his family, including his wife Alyssa and daughter Hadley, were given a tour of Kroger Field and Rupp Arena by staff members of the UK athletics department.

The Summers family is living life to the fullest with however much time they have left together.

“Not only was it just a dream for him to see how everything works at Kroger Field and Rupp Arena, but also he got to show his daughter his dream,” his wife Alyssa said. “This has been everything to him, and for him to get to share that with his daughter is probably the most amazing thing ever for him, because she’s his world, and basketball and football is everything to him.”

Bradley McKee has the full story from Zachary’s special day at the University of Kentucky:

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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