UofL MEN'S SOCCER | Cardinals Sign 6-Year-Old In His "Best Day Ever"

06/14/2018 05:49 PM

Thursday was a special day for the Louisville Men’s Soccer Team as the Cardinals signed a new player and held a press conference.

The player’s name is David Turner. He is 6-years-old and has Grade 4 Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a brain stem tumor.

On April 17, the family learned of David’s tumor and on the 24th he underwent a needle biopsy with a neurosurgery team. May 1, the family met with the oncology unit and their worst fear was confirmed: David had pediatric cancer, the most aggressive type. To make matters more grim, due to the location of the tumor in David’s brain and the diffuse nature of it, it is inoperable and can’t be removed. According to a press release from Louisville, “David knows that a tumor in his brain is making him feel unwell,”.

As the Tully Elementary School student undergoes chemotherapy and radiation treatments, his family made a goal: give David the “best day ever”, every day.

Thursday was the best day ever.

At Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium on Louisville’s campus, UofL Men’s Soccer Head Coach Ken Lolla and the team hosted David for a “team experience”.

David is a fan of soccer and the University of Louisville. He has already had a game day experience with the Cardinals baseball team according to his mom, Elizabeth. He hopes to join the soccer team for a game in the fall, but due to the severity of his diagnosis, his family asked if he could visit the team this summer. The Cardinals rose to the occasion, altering their camp schedule to make a game-like experience possible.

His day included a pregame speech in the locker room from Coach Lolla, a brief on-field match and penalty kicks (which he nailed), post-game celebrations, and a post-game news conference alongside coach, and pictures with members of the team.

According to David’s family, DIPG research only gets one percent of the funds allocated for cancer research and DIPG is the most aggressive pediatric cancer that the world is facing.

David’s final day of chemotherapy is June 18 and his parents day he has a “Make A Wish” trip lined up. When they return, they will get an update on the effects the radiation treatments are having on the tumor.

You can follow David’s adventures on his Facebook page, where his parents post things he hopes he gets to do, here .

David’s full-post game press conference with Head Coach Ken Lolla:

All of us at Spectrum News Kentucky wish David the best moving forward!

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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