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Cardinals Help Lift 9-Year-Old's Spirits

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A cool story from Monday night to brighten your Wednesday morning.

Nine-year-old Blake is a huge Cards fan who was born with a serious heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) with Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE). With this defect, the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped and causes him to become very winded very quickly. Recently, Blake was also diagnosed with a very rare, but serious condition called Plastic Bronchitis. Basically, the branches in his lungs fill with mucus that hardens so much that he's not able to cough it out, causing him even more breathing difficulty.

Obviously, it's been a difficult stretch for Blake, but his spirits were brightened significantly on Monday when he was able to attend the U of L/UConn game and then meet some of the players in the locker room afterward.

He brought Ian Klarer's team drawing with him, and the following is what took place.

At the game:

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Getting some ink from F-Dub:

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CS5:

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GORGS:

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The King:

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LOVE this shot with a tie-less Pitino:

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Classic Peyton:

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Good stuff, fellas.