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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This is what Jacob Thompson lives for. The Holy Cross high school senior is a top-level national distance runner with multiple state titles.
But we didn't catch up with him on the track this spring. Instead, we watched him put his other talents to the test.
"There's a lot of things you and I everybody else wake up and hop out of bed and walk down the steps and its a struggle for other people and you have to go out of your way to make things easier for them," said Jacob.
Jacob and his friend Justin Newton are building a wheelchair ramp for their senior service project. The inspiration came from their childhood friend, Patrick LeRoy, who passed away from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy four years ago.
"We were friends with Patrick through grade school it was a pretty tough thing when we lost him freshman year," said Jacob.
"He had to use a ramp like this everyday to get in and out of his house because he was in a wheelchair 7th and 8th grade year," said Justin Newton, a senior at Holy School.
Now, one of their high school friends is in a similar situation.
"I have idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis, it's pretty much that you break bones a lot and they can't really do anything for it I've broken over 50 bones so far," said Kyle Hardesty, a freshman at Holy Cross High School.
Kyle Hardesty struggles up and down stairs, a new ramp will reduce the risk of falling. He's amazed at how far the project has come.
"One week ago there was nothing there and now there's everything there I'm so happy," said Kyle.
This act of kindness gives Kyle hope, and Jacob a new outlook on his favorite sport.
"We take a lot of those things for granted so it's nice to help somebody out when you can," said Jacob.