MART (June 25, 2012) -- On a day where Quan Cosby held his annual camp in mart, there were pro athletes and soon-to-be stars invited by the host. But there was another star invited by Cosby, 11-year old Haley Klepper. Cosby got to know the family while growing up in Central Texas.
"We got to know them real well through sports, and he's just a great family friend," said Colts wide receiver and former Mart Panther Quan Cosby. "I had known her before she got ill and the last five or six years have been tough for her, the family and all her friends."
Haley suffers from a rare form of Mitochondrial Disease which effects every organ in her body. her condition was one of the reason's number one overall pick Andrew Luck came to Quan's camp.
"What I've come to realize is as a professional athlete, your message can get out easier, I think, than the average bear," said Colts quarterback and 2012 NFL Draft number one overall pick Andrew Luck. "To see how he operates is great. Just like on the football team you have your veterans who are going to show you the way to do things. I think it's the same thing. I think Quan is such a great example for how to give back to the community, how to raise awareness on things you believe in."
The Kleppers couldn't be more thankful. Haley's father knows how tough it is to get the message out alone.
"Without people like these guys, people like us, we go under the radar," said Greg Klepper. "They're the guys that kick the ties and light the fires to make things happen. That's the way it is."
"It's bigger than meeting us, we're people at the end of the day but her situation is real," said Cosby. "I think she appreciates the fact that we want to collaborate with her to raise awareness on her condition."
For more information on Haley's rare disease, go to www.umdf.org