'Climb Strong' to fight Cystic Fibrosis

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky,--11-year-old twins Josh and Hale Bohler Brothers love football. Josh plays wide receiver while Hale plays tackle and defensive end.
 
They have quite the mentor, their cousin is Louisville Cardinal quarterback Will Stein. In the last two years, their bond grew even stronger after Josh was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
 
"You could have knocked me down with a feather. He was sort of a late diagnosis. We didn't find out until he was 9-years-old. We flew under the radar," said Josh's mom Blakey Martin.
 
The close knit family got in gear to help find a cure. Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and his wife were already taking steps with their annual Cystic Fibrosis Climb at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
 
"This Climb Strong event is one of the ways that we are spreading awareness around the community. It is a disease that people don't really know about. I didn't know much about it to start off and hopefully people will become aware and we can find a cure," said Will Stein.
 
Josh, Hale, and Will are ready for the climb this weekend.
 
"The most you can climb I think is 3000, but I don't know how much I’m gonna climb," said Josh.
 
"Well, last year was just a couple of days after the UK game and I basically blew my shoulder out. So I couldn't do the climb but this year will be my first one and I'm really looking forward to it," said Stein.
 
The family is looking forward, not just for Josh, but for the thousands of others with cystic fibrosis.
 
"Money buys science and science saves lives. We are so close to a cure; I know we are going to find one soon," said Josh's mom.
 
Until then, Josh is taking it step by step, climbing strong with the help of the community.
 
"it's very exciting and I'm really happy that they are donating all this money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis," said Josh.

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