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Lipscomb Baseball Team Signs Five Year-Old As Honorary Member

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By Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb University's baseball team held a special ceremony today, adding a new honorary member to its team.

Five year-old Brooks Russell is a huge baseball fan. Like most little kids, he loves running around and playing ball.

"He's always wanting to throw the baseball, and always wanting to do something," said Kari Russell, Brooks' mom."

But unlike most kids, Brooks had to undergo several struggles in his young life, including a bout with cancer two years ago. Doctors found a tumor on his spinal cord and performed surgery to remove it.  For six weeks after surgery Brooks was paralyzed, and had to learn how to walk again.

Wednesday the Lipscomb baseball team honored Brooks by signing him as an honorary team member in front of a roomful of supporters.

"I know he'll always remember this," Kari said.

Doctors have since determined that Brooks' tumor is benign and if it ever starts to grow again he'll have to undergo another round of chemotherapy.

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