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Wellesley Football Player With Cerebral Palsy Takes Field

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WELLESLEY (CBS) – William Fahey is a living example of how to never give up on your dreams. The 17-year-old has cerebral palsy, which has always prevented him from playing the game he loves.

For six years he’s cheered his Wellesley Raiders on from the sideline.

“On the sidelines it’s different because I’m standing on the track and they never give me the chance to play in a game,” says Will.

But things will be different when he trades in his wheelchair for a helmet, gloves and the chance to be in starting line up with his teammates on Saturday.

“It’s brotherhood,” says Fahey. “I’m pumped.”

Will is going to receive the first handoff and run as fast as he can.

His mother is happy to see his dream come true. “He always said ‘mom you got to believe, one day I’m really going to play.”

Will is in his wheelchair most of the time because it’s painful for him to walk, but his coach says he’s motivated. Will says by taking the field Saturday he wants to encourage others with CP that anything is possible.

“It’s in my spirit I want to start a sport foundation with people with CP,” says Will. “(Football) gets me connected to my team and my friends and I love being with them 24/7.”

Wellesley hosts Brookline Saturday morning at 10am at Wellesley High School.

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