Illinois Senate honors Alvin teen with new legislation

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Senate has passed legislation honoring an Alvin teenager who was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

Dec. 1, 2018 will now be known as "Blake Kinnett Day" in the state of Illinois.

Blake won two state baseball titles by the age of 12 and played in Cooperstown, New York, with the Iliana Chiefs team despite having a broken arm at the time.

In February 2017, Blake was diagnosed with ALD. It is a genetic disease that destroys the protective myelin sheath that surrounds the brain's neurons. There is no known cure for ALD.

Senate Resolution 2216 designates Dec. 1, 2018, as Blake Kinnett Day. The resolution was adopted by the Illinois Senate on Nov. 28.

The community of Alvin has also named a basketball court in his honor, Kinnett's Court, where Blake enjoyed playing basketball. The community will also soon be having a celebration in honor of Blake's life and his impact on the people around him.

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