6-year-old with kidney disease joins college lacrosse team

Updated: Oct. 23, 2016 at 6:37 PM CDT
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(Source: Keisha Wells)
(Source: Keisha Wells)

HENRY COUNTY, GA (WMC) - A brave boy with an enormous heart is sharing his fighting spirit on the lacrosse field.

Bryson, 6, has a kidney disease, autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and some sleeping issues, according to his mother, Keisha Wells. However, she said he's incredibly courageous and doesn't let his diagnoses stop him.

Wells said one of Bryson's kidneys was larger than the other while she was pregnant with him. Once he was born, doctors checked him frequently, but he appeared to have stabilized by the time he was 1 year old. However, he got sick a lot over the next few years.

In 2014, an emergency room CT scan showed his left kidney was three times the size of his right kidney. Wells said Bryson underwent twelve major surgeries in two years, not including minor procedures and tests.

"Through all of this, he keeps smiling," Wells wrote in a message to WMC Action News 5. "He's the bravest person I know."

Last month, Bryson got an opportunity his mom thought she would never see. He signed with the Mercer University lacrosse team through a program called Team Impact, which partners chronically or terminally ill children with university sports teams.

Wells said because of Bryson's kidney condition, he will never be able to play a contact sport. However, this partnership allows him to feel like one of the players.

She added if you're ever at a Mercer game, be sure to look for #39 on the sidelines!

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