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      Teen with life threatening illness to be Grand Marshal of City of Utica??s 4th of July Parade

      Michael Kelly shows his Bucket List

      Michael Kelly, 18, of Utica, has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the City of Utica??s Fourth of July Parade, organizers of the parade announced Thursday.

      Kelly was born with Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. He started writing a 'Bucket List' during one of his many stays at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse earlier this month.

      Kelly says he will get to cross two more items off his list of over 200 - meet the mayor and be in a parade.

      Kelly says he doesn??t like being the center of attention, but the point of a ??Bucket List?? is to "put you out of your comfort zone. It??s working for me."

      He will ride at the front of the parade in the Utica Police Department's antique patrol car. He will then welcome the crowd to the celebration Proctor Park, along with the Mayor.

      The Utica??s Fourth of July Parade kicks off at 6:00 p.m. from the intersection of Armory Drive and Culver Avenue with entertainment and food in Procter Park from 5:00 ?? 10:00 p.m. The evening concludes with traditional fireworks display.