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Giant Inspiration from a Tiny Source

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. -

It's Super Saturday in Vermont.  The underdog BFA-Fairfax Bullets are competing for their first ever Division 3 Championship while team quarterback Chad Aiken is playing for that and more.

Chad is the oldest of 6 children.  The newest member of the Aiken family, Kaya, was born on September 5th.

"She smiles sometimes it's pretty funny," Aiken says.  "When she sneezes, it's pretty funny, it makes me laugh."

Chad's mother, Penny Aiken, had problems carrying Kaya.  Once born, Kaya was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and had to undergo three surgeries.

"One of the first things we had to do is an intestinal surgery," says Kaya's father, Rob Aiken.  "That was probably a life laving surgery and then there was some breathing issues."

As Chad was going on the road and winning games, Kaya was visiting Children's Hospital in Boston, winning a bigger battle.

"They were fighting for playoffs, getting into the finals and we have little Kaya here, fighting for her life,"  Rob Aiken says.

"It's cool, because we were winning, making progress and so was she," Chad Aiken says.  "I had a feeling that she would be ok all along."

Kaya came back to Vermont on October 2nd.  After a couple weeks at Fletcher Allen in Burlington, she was ready to make her 1st appearance at one of Chad's games.  It happened to be the first time BFA-Fairfax beat Windsor."

"Yeah that was cool having here be there again for the first game, because of all the progress she's made," Chad Aiken says. 

Which brings us back to that State Title game.  With Kaya and family looking on, Big Brother chad almost pulled off another Aiken miracle by upsetting an undefeated Woodstock team.  A fourth quarter Wasps rally prevented that from happening.  Chad Aiken however, gave it his all, with inspiration from someone who's been defying the odds all of her young life.

"We had a great season," Chad Aiken says.  "I don't know, we just couldn't win but there's more important things in life than a football game."

"It was sad when they lost the game," Penny Aiken says.  "But you know she here with us.")))

And for that reason, It's not just Saturdays that are Super in the Aiken family.

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