Dream Factory sends teen to Final Four

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Lucas Cannon is like many teens across Kentucky when he says, "I bleed blue!"

However, unlike many teens, Cannon had his pelvis crushed and lost his leg after a tractor ran him over roughly two-and-a-half years ago. The 19-year-old remembers only parts of the accident, but he can never forget the odds the doctors gave him.

"I had a one to two percent chance of living," recalled Cannon.

Now, he says he's made the most of that small percentage and is living his life to the fullest. He's even gone from nearly losing his life to the trip of a lifetime!

"I'm able to do a once in a lifetime thing, I'm able to go down to New Orleans," beamed Cannon of his trip to the Final Four.

Cannon was selected several weeks ago to go to the Final Four, a dream that was made a realty by the Dream Factory in Lexington.

The teen admitted that he was nervous watching each UK tournament game, hoping the Cats would make the trip with him, adding that he would not wear red for Louisville.

"Having Kentucky there, that's a big bonus."

"The Cats getting to go, as well, is just phenomenal," added Cannon's father, Clay.

"I can't wait to get down there and actually see Davis blocking the shots clear up into the stands," grinned Cannon.

The excited Fleming County teen knows he was recommended after his accident in 2009, but he doesn't actually know who nominated him.

"Nobody will really tell us," said Cannon.

Still he's grateful for the big trip.

"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Dream Factory and I want to thank everyone that was involved," said Cannon, "without them I would never be doing this."

For now, he's got a lot of packing to get done before, "Every single piece of Kentucky clothing I have is going in this suitcase," laughed Cannon.

But even more memories wait for him as he gets to see the Cats play, and possibly bring home the title.

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