President Obama touched by Utica teen's 'Bucket List'
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:09:42 GMT —
Six months after his story started spreading in Central New York and beyond, the Utica teen who decided to create a 'Bucket List' as he battles Cystic Fibrosis has heard from President Obama. Mike Kelly got the letter from the White House this week. Kelly is battling a potentially life threatening condition and decided this past summer that he would create the list to encourage others to live life to the fullest.
The letter, on White House letterhead is dated December 3, 2013. In it, President Obama writes, "I want you to know how much Michelle and I admire your bravery at this difficult time, and how inspired we are by your passion to live each day to the fullest."
Kelly, 18, says he had no idea the letter was in the works. "It is incredible," Kelly said. "This is so cool and I'm so proud that the President heard about my list and thinks that it is a good idea," Kelly added. Kelly is currently at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital where he is admitted every few months for special treatment as he battles his disease.