Hero of the Day: Dying Teen Scores Touchdown for High School Team
Touchdowns should not make you cry.
Eli Mollineaux is a 14-year-old battling a rare fatal condition who made spirits soar when he scored a touchdown for his high school football team in New York.
According to Sports Illustrated:
Eli was diagnosed with Pearson Syndrome -- a rare mitochondrial disease that develops into Kearns-Sayre Syndrome in children who survive infancy -- when he was one year old, and his parents were told his life expectancy was between three and five years. Today, the disease affects Eli's vision, hearing, cognitive function, muscular function, mobility and cardiac conduction."
Eli, in his wheelchair, was pushed toward the end zone, scoring six for Huntington High School in its game against Smithtown West (and recording yet another amazing and unlikely touchdown for a teen).
Eli's mother, Ellen, was moved by the moment and said she is touched how Eli's resilience has affected others. "It's overwhelming when people come up to me, who I've never met before, and tell me a story about how Eli has affected them and given them strength," she said.
You can learn more about Eli on his Facebook page.
It's nice to know that in a sport that's taken a lot of heat for how it affects the head, football has a way to get to your heart.