Bearcats inspiration, a five year-old fighter

By Rontina McCann – bio | email

CINCINNATI (F0X 19) -- The Cincinnati Bearcats get some inspiration at practice Tuesday from a little boy and his family.

Chase Langland and his family stopped by as part of the Cats in the Community initiative at UC.

Chase was diagnosed when he was seven months-old with spinal muscular atrophy or SMA. 50 percent of children born with the disease die by the age of two. Chase is now five and his family says he is a fighter. There is no cure for SMA.

Dir. of Player Development for UC football, Milo Austin, says Chase's story puts life in perspective and shows the players what a real sense of fight is.

The group is part of a community effort helping the Langland family.

There is a fundraiser Monday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at Rick's Tavern in Fairfield. The money raised goes toward the purchase of a wheelchair lift. For a $10 donation there is a buffet style dinner, live music, raffle and silent auction.

Along with the Bearcats, Bengals Jonathan Fanene will be there with Chase's family.

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