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Chicago fantasy football league prepares for memorable draft

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

This weekend, people around the world will be gathering together to draft their fantasy football teams. But for one local fantasy league, this draft will be a little different.

Nearly 24 million people play fantasy football every year.

And for the Benny Hill Fantasy League, the annual gathering in Chicago for their draft has become a tradition since they began playing in 2000.

But this year will be different.

Jeff Kleman was 44-years-old when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and after recently developing an infection following a routine surgery, things took a turn for the worse.

Meaning Jeff, who lives in Wisconsin, wouldn't make it to Chicago for the league's annual tradition this year. That's when Matt, T.J. and Jeffrey - three of the league's other members - all knew it was time to step up.

The entire league is traveling up to Wisconsin to be with Jeff this weekend, continuing a tradition that's carried on nearly 15 years. Because for the Benny Hill Fantasy League, it's all about making life as normal as possible for Jeff.

That's the beauty of fantasy – it can, if only for a moment, take us away from reality.

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