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Manitowoc 16-year-old designs Clay Matthews cleats for Muscular Dystrophy


MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) -- The NFL’s 'My Cause, My Cleats' program is making a difference in the life of one Packers fan. The 16-year-old from Manitowoc has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and finding a cure is a cause linebacker Clay Matthews has supported for more than seven years.

"I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and I was diagnosed when I was three,” explains Devin Argall.

Doctors once said Argall wasn't going to be able to walk past the age of ten, but he's defying the odds, thanks to medical advances and a good attitude.

When he found out his favorite football player Clay Matthews was looking for a designer for cleats, he designed a shoe, but figured it was a Hail Mary.

"He thought it all out! He's like, 'Oh yeah, let's make the DNA the double helix and let's have it spread across the laces, and the laces can be the strands,’” recalled Devin’s dad Josh Argall.

Devin's dad says Matthews loved his design; last month choosing Devin's design for his right spike and wearing it while wreaking havoc against the Buccaneers offense earlier this month.

It was a magical day when Devin got to see the whole thing from the stands, celebrating his birthday, all smiles. "I saw them up there and I was like so excited,” Devin told Action 2 News. "Awesome that he wore my shoes and I hope to meet him and talk to him in person."

The best part? The cleats are up for auction and all money goes to the organization CureDuchenne whose investment in research has helped Devin so much.

"It's an online auction through the NFL and you can buy the two cleats that Clay wore,” said Devin. "The design is super cool and you could have a one of a kind cleat in your house."

Right now the bid stands at more than three thousand dollars.

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