KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — AJ Cucksey of Knoxville and his grandfather attended the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and had a day to remember, beating the odds in more ways than one.
AJ and his grandfather attended the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” at Churchhill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky decked out in Vol orange.
As a lover of sports, this trip to the Kentucky Derby with his grandpa was already enough to be an unforgettable day before longshot horse “Rich Strike” pulled off a shocking come-from-behind win. The Prayers for AJ Cucksey page posted a photo of AJ smiling and holding a winning ticket on the 2022 Kentucky Derby-winning thoroughbred.
A $15 bet with 80-1 odds would net a payout of $1,200.
In the fall of 2014, the Cucksey family was in Walt Disney World when AJ began developing issues with his coordination and walking. After the trip he was referred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital where doctors discovered multiple inoperable tumors in AJ’s brain.
Now 8 years later, AJ is still receiving treatments to reduce the swelling and pressure on his brain.