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Matt Kemp meets 'special kid,' pays for him, family to go to game

September 05, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp signs autographs for children before a game against the Miami Marlins on Aug. 25.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp signs autographs for children before… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

When Matt Kemp was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment with the Dodgers’ triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque earlier this season, he saw a 6-year-old boy race the team’s mascot around the bases between innings.

The boy couldn’t walk. He used his arms to get around the bases.

Kemp asked to meet the boy after the game.

Wednesday night, Isaac Lill and his family were Kemp’s guests at Dodger Stadium.

“He’s a special kid,” Kemp said. “He’s an amazing kid. He’s an inspiring kid.”

Lill was born with lumbosacral agenesis, a rare condition that affects the spine.

Kemp invited Lill and his family to come out to a Dodgers game. He paid for the family’s airfare and lodging. He also provided a driver.

Kemp placed Lill on his shoulder and gave him a tour of the Dodgers clubhouse.

“This is the most incredible thing,” said Lill’s father, Duncan Lill. “Matt is really making him feel special.”

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