Wish granted: UK fans send boy fighting cancer to Final Four

Wish granted: UK fans send boy fighting cancer to Final Four

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A boy's wish to be at the Final Four is coming true thanks to the Big Blue Nation.

Many of those tickets can go for $1,000 or more, but Wildcat fans answered the call to help Blake Hundley, 9, who has been battling cancer.

Blake believes the Cats will go all the way.

"I think they're going to do good," he said.

When we caught up with Blake during the Cat's open practice at the KFC Yum! Center, he never doubted his friend UK Star Willie Cauley-Stein. He knew the Cats would make it to the Final Four. He only wished he could be there to see it.

Blake held out dog tags he was wearing around his neck.

"He gave this to me," Blake said.

Kentucky's big man handed over his UK Dog tags for encouragement when he visited Blake at his Shelbyville home. Cauley-Stein told Blake, who's undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, that he inspires him.

Wednesday, April 1 reality set back in as Blake had a spinal tap and MRI at Kosair Children's Hospital.

"He's doing pretty good and he's kind of sore but doing good," said Blake's father, Adam Hundley.

One day earlier, family friends Craig and Amanda McKinney who live in Atlanta, thought of a gift to cheer Blake up.

The couple has game tickets in the 500 section of Lucas Oil Stadium and wanted to give them to Blake. Then they thought of something better.

Craig McKinney said, "I kind of decided 500 level seats weren't going to cut it for him and that he needed to experience the whole thing."

So, the McKinneys set up a GoFundMe account.

"Somehow, this thing took off way, way bigger than we ever imagined it would," McKinney said. "We were contacted by politicians and by the University of Kentucky and by different folks who wanted to help out."

In 24 hours, they quickly exceeded their $4,000 goal with over $5,000 allowing them to get the Hundley's lower level tickets and a hotel room.

Adam Hundley said of his son's Final Four reaction, "He was excited, it's just that he's totally different than he was before all this happened."

Hundley says the kindness is medicine that's making a real difference in his son's life.

"He's just excited and ready to go," he said.

"I just want to say thank you to all the people that supported the cause," McKinney said of the generosity. "This family is going through a whole lot and anything that you've done goes a long way."

Adam Hundley said, "We're just grateful that everybody is supporting us and supporting Blake and making his wishes come true."

Blake has been cleared by his doctors to go to the Final Four. He was scheduled for chemotherapy Monday, but it's been pushed back now for Tuesday. The gift of the hotel room will help him rest and keep the family from having to travel back and forth.

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