Laurel County boy gets surprised by UK basketball player

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - For the most part, Bryson Ivy is just your regular 12-year-old boy. He enjoys the same type of activities as most kids his age.

On December 24, 2018, Bryson was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

"It was the worst nightmare of my life," says Bryson's mother, Tonia Ivy.

He began treatment the very next day and has been traveling back and forth with his family to UK Children's Hospital five times a week.

On April 13, doctors told Bryson he would need a shunt.

"I knew that meant another surgery and that was something I didn't want to do," said Bryson

The nurses told Bryson later that day there was someone coming to meet him but he had no idea who it was. Former UK basketball player Reid Travis walked in the room.

"He said I'm Reid Travis and I said no you're tall," laughed Bryson.

Travis talked with Bryson for a while and then handed him a gift.

"He said I feel like you deserve this and he gave me this bracelet," Bryson said with a smile looking down at the bracelet.

On the bracelet, it has the words "Never give up". Bryson says this is a reminder to him that even on his bad days to still keep fighting.

"There's finally going to be an end to it and I'll finally get to stop all this and that's what I'm waiting for," said Bryson.

Bryson will continue taking treatments for the next several months but is excited to go back to school in August.

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