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Soccer and medicine are a big part of 11-year-old Luke Granat’s life, as he holds a kit containing needles and medicine to physically keep him going and a soccer ball, which emotionally keeps him going. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Luke Granat (top, wearing headband) has received a lot of support from friends, family and teammates from Orland Park and TInley Park as he has gone through dealing with a rare blood disorder. Here, members of his Orland Park Sting league team try to give him a lift. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Patrick McGavin, Freelance Reporter
10:01 am CDT September 26, 2018
When he was 8 years old, Luke started to exhibit symptoms such as abdominal pain and nausea that confounded doctors as extensive hospitalizations and tests failed to identify the underlying causes.