LI boy with muscular dystrophy was determined to play football

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football. Playing was all he ever wanted, and he wouldn't let anything stand in his way, not even the debilitating disease that should have made the Port Jefferson boy's goal impossible. Videojournalist: Chris Ware (Nov. 14, 2013)

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football, but after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 7, he was told his condition would make it impossible for him to play the sport. Despite his incurable genetic disease, which attacks and gradually weakens his muscles, the 17-year-old senior at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson fulfilled a dream this football season by appearing in two varsity games, including the season finale on Nov. 2 against Shoreham-Wading River. | <a href=Here's the story " style="display:none" /> Here's the story " />

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