8 Year-Old Battling Cancer Runs For TD In K-State Spring Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas State fans packed into Bill Snyder Family Stadium to get an early look at the Wildcat football team but came away with a memory they won't soon forget.

During the annual Purple and White Kansas State Spring Game, the Wildcats revealed a special weapon at running back, 8 year old Leukemia patient Kaiden Schroeder.

Schroeder took the hand-off from Quarterback Jake Waters 30 yards for a touchdown and celebrated with the entire football team. The purple squad won 23 to 13.

Kaiden, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2009, became friends with Kansas State linebacker Ryan Mueller after Mueller visited him in the hospital. He attended his first Kansas State game last November.

"Kaiden loves Ryan," Jenny Schreoder, Kaiden's mom, told KStateSports.com. "It is so fun to watch Kaiden watch the football games on TV knowing that he knows somebody. We've always watched the games, but when you know somebody, it's just so different for him."

Here's another angle, from K-State Athletics:


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