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Great Falls boy with rare autoimmune disease inspires a state-wide game of "virtual catch"

Posted at 3:20 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 17:20:37-04

Recently MTN shared the story of Troy Ross , an immuno-compromised 5-year old from Great Falls who hasn't been able to leave his house since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

To help stay connected, he started a game of "virtual catch" on social media, and it's caught on statewide, with people sharing videos to spread some good cheer. Click the video for more, and share your catch and toss on the KRTV Facebook Page to keep the game going!


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Troy suffers from a rare autoimmune disease called pulmonary cappilaritis which causes his white blood cells to attack his lungs. The condition nearly took his life in September of 2018. The Ross family has watched the spread of COVID-19, knowing that eventually they’d have to shield their son.

“Yeah, it’s tough. You start to wonder if it’s overblown. You hope it is,” said Wes. “But last week on Friday, my principal, Angel Turoski at GFCC, told me to be prepared to stay home. I appreciate them allowing me to stay at home and putting my son’s well-being at the forefront.

“I only get one chance to be a father. It’s tough, but we see both sides of it and we’re erring on the side of caution.”