WATCH: 9-year-old cancer survivor leads Kentucky football onto field for spring game

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When Kentucky ran out onto the field ahead of Friday night’s Blue-White spring game, it was joined by a special guest.

Ryan Cremeens, a 9-year-old cancer survivor, led the team out and carried the American flag while doing so. He ran out alongside defensive end Denzil Ware and tight end C.J. Conrad.

Cremeens, from Richmond, Kentucky, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue muscle tumor that had grown inside his sinus cavity, last summer but is now cancer-free. He had his last chemotherapy session on March 30.

While receiving treatment, Cremeens received frequent visits in the hospital from Kentucky football players, which included Ware, Conrad, quarterback Drew Barker and now former running back Boom Williams.

“It was very comforting to Ryan because these guys that Ryan looks up to were coming up and telling him to be strong and do great,” Eric Cremeens, Ryan’s father, told “As a family, it made us feel good to see them put a smile on his face.”

The Blue team topped the White team, 31-14, in the Blue-white spring game.

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