Ndamukong Suh's friendship means the world to family of young boy dealing with a rare condition

Ndamukong Suh’s friendship means the world to family of young boy dealing with a rare condition

DEARBORN, Mich — Whether it’s fair or not, the public has largely made up its mind about Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The ultra-talented, ultra-physical Suh has a reputation. It’s a reputation that has been established by his peers — who have twice named him the league’s dirtiest player — and propagated by the league and the media.

Away from the football field, Suh keeps the public at an arm’s length. He’s an intensely private individual who only allows a few people into his inner circle.

Maybe that’s what makes Suh’s relationship with Isaac Barchus so unique.

Isaac suffers from a rare auto-inflammatory disease only recently identified as CANDLE Syndrome. The medication required to treat the condition has significantly stunted his growth. At nine years old, he stands just 3-foot-6 and weighs only 40 pounds. Continue reading