Can you help a Utica teen with a life threatening illness cross items off his bucket list?
By Michael Benny
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:30:39 GMT — Michael Kelly has a long bucket list. The Utica 18-year-old started writing it just last weekend, during one of his many stays at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse. Michael was born with Cystic Fibrosis , an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. "It??s like a heavy weight and you can't breathe and sometimes it feels like this weight is falling into my stomach," Kelly told CNYCentral's Michael Benny. Kelly is due to get out of the hospital from his most recent stay next Monday. In the last four years, Michael has already proven doctors wrong twice. "I've outlived my expiration date twice already," Kelly said. "The doctors, when I was younger, said I would probably not live to be 16. And then they said 18, and now I'm here and I plan to turn 19 next year." Michael's bucket list has grown in just a few days to more than 200 items. It includes some things that are easily attainable; one of his doctor's gave him a $2 dollar bill and, when this story airs on the stations of CNYCentral, he will have achieved his goal of being on television. The list also includes meeting President Obama, Jimmy Fallon and some other celebrities. Michael also wants to go ghost hunting, take a lie detector test, ride in a helicopter, go antiquing, be a radio disc jockey for a day, do standup comedy, play laser tag, get lost in a mirror maze and more. Click here to see the list. Michael Kelly is hoping that sharing his goals and dreams with others will inspire people to create their own bucket list. It??s a good bet that those who see his story may want to help Michael cross some items off his list. "The bucket list, the idea of it is to get out of your comfort zone and experience living. If someone wanted to help me do this I would say I accept and I would help someone else to create their own list," Kelly said. If you are inspired by Michael's list or if you have the means to help him accomplish one of his goals, send an email to CBS 5 News Anchor Michael Benny firstname.lastname@example.org and he will forward your information to Michael Kelly.
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