Nerlens Noel surprises Lexington student awaiting kidney transplant

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been a tough road for a Henry Clay High School student. Braxton Upthegrove, 16, who manages the school basketball team, is waiting on his second kidney transplant.

The stakes were high during Tuesday night's game at Bryan Station. But there was more attention off the court. During halftime of the game, Upthegrove received a special video message from a former UK player.

"Braxton, why don't you and your mom come join me in just a few days to watch my team play the Miami Heat," said Philadelphia 76er's Nerlens Noel. "Be my guest."

Minutes later, the trip to Philadelphia to spend time with Noel and see the game finally sunk in for Upthegrove, and he was no longer at a loss for words.

"I can't wait now," said Upthegrove. "I can't. And get away from school."

His family is just as excited.

"This is a dream come true for him," said Michelle Upthegrove, Braxton's mother. "There's no other way to put it."

Braxton and his mother are flying out Thursday to Philadelphia to go to the Miami Heat and 76er's game on Friday. Then Noel plans to spend the weekend with Braxton playing video games. This trip was put together in a matter of two days.


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