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Sporting adventures continue for KU fan with rare lung disease

Wellsville resident Michael Douglas meets basketball heroes in Oklahoma City

Miami Heat player Mario Chalmers, a former Kansas University player, poses for a picture with Michael Douglas of Wellsville. Michael attended Miami Heat's Jan. 16 game in Oklahoma City against the Thunder.

Miami Heat player Mario Chalmers, a former Kansas University player, poses for a picture with Michael Douglas of Wellsville. Michael attended Miami Heat's Jan. 16 game in Oklahoma City against the Thunder.

February 3, 2010

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I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I met Michael Douglas of Wellsville. This young man truly inspired me with his sense of humor and love for life despite having a rare lung disease.

This K-State fan also quickly learned that 11-year-old Michael loves sports, especially the Kansas University Jayhawks. Sporting events give him something to look forward to and to talk about — something besides his illness.

Michael's mother, Lisa Douglas, says that despite her son's condition, he doesn't complain. "He is so strong willed," she said. "He still has such a great attitude about things."

Michael's mother, Lisa Douglas, says that despite her son's condition, he doesn't complain. "He is so strong willed," she said. "He still has such a great attitude about things."

Since his story, “A little Miracle,” appeared in the Journal-World, he has been invited into the KU men’s basketball locker room and met Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat. His mom, Lisa, said the year’s sporting adventures have provided a nice distraction.

Michael's condition hasn't changed much from a year ago. He is on oxygen at all times. He uses an electric wheelchair at school because Wellsville Middle School is larger than elementary school. He still has steroid treatments every six weeks and is taking medications.

Lisa tries to keep me posted on how Michael is doing and about his latest activities concerning sports. And I love hearing about them.

Here’s what Lisa had to say today:

“I think Michael has recovered from the close KSU vs. KU game this weekend. We had to go to a ball game to watch his sister dance during the end of the KU game and Michael just sat in the gym with a radio and earphones listening to the excitement. During overtime, he had people sitting around him and he was giving a play-by-play to them. I don’t think he was breathing quite right until the game was over and KU had won.

“Michael has continued to stay healthy this winter. He seems to do a good job of washing his hands and using antibacterial items. He had a second shot of both the seasonal flu shot and H1N1 in January, so I’m hoping we can keep him well. He loves middle school and so far has got all As.

“For Christmas, Michael received tickets to the NBA game in Oklahoma City where Miami Heat played Oklahoma City Thunder. So, on Jan. 16, we went to the Ford Center to see if we could get him in to see Mario Chalmers and the rest of the team. Well, the staff at the Ford Center was unbelievably nice. ... They let Michael watch the team shoot around before the game.”

Michael was able to get autographs from players including Dwayne Wade, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers.

“Michael was so excited because Michael Beasley called him by name and said something like, ‘What’s up Michael?’”

Then, he got to meet former KU player Nick Collison, who plays for OKC Thunder.

“Michael was on an all-time high. We were so appreciative of the Oklahoma hospitality. It was wonderful to show our kids that there are some very nice people in this world and we should give thanks.”

Comments

KUdiva27 4 years, 2 months ago

ohmigosh i go to school with michael!!! he is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great guy to go to school with!

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greenworld 4 years, 2 months ago

You ought to meet his dad. One heck of a nice guy. His father's success I know is measured by his sons heart and will to succeed. I enjoy seeing you guys every year at the easter egg hunt. Hope to see you again this year.

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CWGOKU 4 years, 2 months ago

Great story, thank you. I wish him a long healthy life.

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grandmajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Great to see an update on Michael and his family! It is wonderful to hear about you and your love for KU, Michael. Maybe someday you will be a sportscaster!! Keep those play by plays going on KU!! You are the true hero and a true blessing. Blessings to all who take the time to make a difference!! Enjoyed this follow-up on Michael.

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forgetful 4 years, 2 months ago

We hear so many stories - including the obvious one involving Mario and Michael Beasley - when they have been less than responsible in their private lives, especially - fairly or unfairly - when they are smack dab in the public eye. As uncomfortable as it may be for them to lead public lives when they are younger athletes, it is wonderful to hear stories like this, when they have a big impact on a smaller, and probably more important, level. (For all we know, they may do good deeds in small ways every day, and we just don't hear about it.)

Here's hoping that they continue to positively impact lives of others, especially those in crisis who need positive impact.

Nice follow-up, Karrey. Michael, God bless!

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