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Change the Play Camp, Andrew Luck spreads smiles

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE’S NBC) – Riley Hospital for Children teams up with Andrew Luck to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback joined kids at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to throw the football around and talk about eating their vegetables.

One football toss was to a 4-year-old boy, Maverick Wagoner, who lives in Fort Wayne. He’s a Riley Hospital for Children patient, that lives with spina bifida, a health issue that limits his physical movement.

“Fortunately, we found out even before we were having Maverick, that he was going to have the diagnosis of spina bifida,” Maverick’s mom, Natalie Wagoner said. “It’s where the back is open most of the time, so the spinal cord gets some nerve damage. That’s why you see the physical limitations like braces and things like that, but he can walk.”

Although Maverick couldn’t run like the other camp goers, he was smiling ear to ear when throwing the football to the professional quarterback.

“He got to give Andrew Luck a pass, so he was excited with that. Overall, he’s just a happy kid,” Natalie said.

“Being around kids is always awesome, it provides great perspective and gives me a bunch of energy. I try to throw a pass to every kid, sometimes it’s caught and sometimes it’s not,” Luck said. “Watching a kid run around and his eyes get big and try to get a ball, is certainly a thrill.”

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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