Girl with deadly disease becomes honorary member of SVSU's softball team

(Source: WNEM)

A local girl's dreams came true when she made it on the Saginaw Valley State University softball team at the age of 9.

The team greeted Emilie Ruple as she entered the Ryder Center.

"It's a very special day for our program," Coach Todd Buckingham said.

Emilie was the newest honorary member of the softball team. It was perseverance that earned her a spot on the team.

"Teams stick to each other, work together," Emilie said.

She is one of 30,000 people nationwide who has cystic fibrosis. The disorder causes thick mucus to build up affecting the body and often leading to pancreatic issues and respiratory infections. Which often lead to emergency room visits.

"We've been admitted six or seven times now and she's 9," said Melissa Ruple, Emilie's mom.

She said Emilie keeps fighting. Buckingham wants the softball girls to join her fight and take away a valuable lesson.

"Hoping that that helps our girls kind of put things in perspective, that you know what, if she can do it, we can do it," Buckingham said.

Emilie said she's going to wear her jersey often. Her mother said she hopes every time she puts it on she continues to build confidence and continues to want to fight the good fight.

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