HEALTH

Boy with genetic disorder inks 'contract' with New England Revolution

A 9-year-old Massachusetts boy with a life-threatening illness enjoyed a day he will never forget.

Brady Antaya, diagnosed at birth with CHARGE syndrome, a genetic disorder, spent the day Thursday with the New England Revolution, Fox 25 Boston reports.

The team signed the die-hard soccer fan from Haverhill to a two-day contract and invited the boy to practice with the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Brady’s illness affects many systems of his body. He also suffers from a severe immune deficiency.

Fox 25 reports that The Kids Wish Network children’s charity contacted the Revolution on Brady’s behalf.

“Brady’s strong,” his father Keith Antaya said. “To see him go through all these struggles … it’s like a never-give-up attitude with him.”

Brady told the station that meeting all his soccer heroes was cool.

“If something is hard for you to go through then you just try your best and try making it through,” Brady said.