Tonight the Rigby Trojans will fight for Ike
RIGBY — The Friday night lights are back in Idaho. On football fields throughout the state, high school teams seek to represent their community well and compete for glory on the gridiron.
This Friday night, however, one eastern Idaho team will be competing for much more than just a win. The Rigby Trojans are competing for Isaac Edwards.
Isaac, called by his nickname ‘Ike’, is a four year-old boy from Rigby dealing with a life-threatening disease called Hurler’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder where his body doesn’t produce enzymes needed to break down substances in body cells called GAG’s. If the GAG’s aren’t broken down, they build up inside each cell in the body, eventually leading to cell, tissue and organ damage.
“When these GAG’s aren’t broken down, it affects brain tissue, bones, the heart, airways, you name it – it affects every system in the body,” said Brittany Edwards, Ike’s mom.