UNCW sports team shows support for young girl battling cancer
Baylee Adkins has joined UNCW's women's soccer team as an honorary player as she continues her fight to beat brain cancer.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A little girl fighting for her life has some local women showing her love and support.
The UNCW women's soccer team has added Baylee Adkins to the roster this year.
The 7-year-old from Onslow County found out she had brain cancer back in June.
Just a month later, the women's soccer team and Baylee joined forces thanks to a national foundation called Friends of Jaclyn.
The purpose of the foundation is to help improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams, according to the website.
"She's been an inspiration to us and we've been there to keep her spirits up, happy and get to learn a little bit about soccer," said senior Jennifer Ludemann.
Baylee has been through chemotherapy and has even lost her hair, but she hasn't done that alone.
Baylee has made several trips from Onslow County to New Hanover County to hit the soccer field, be with her teammates and enjoy life.
"She's a big bundle of joy," said Caitlin Hunter, who is a senior on the soccer team.
"It helps up keep things in perspective and we also have to watch how we want Baylee to perceive us so it helps us stay true to ourselves."
Baylee was recently told by her doctors that she was not responding to the chemotherapy and that she would have to undergo surgery to remove the tumor from her brain.
It wasn't long before Baylee, her family and the soccer team heard some good news. Doctors found that the cancer began to die and told Baylee she would have to undergo another round of chemo instead of surgery.
The girls are excited to known Baylee will be able to be on the sidelines at their game on Friday instead of getting ready for surgery next week.
Baylee has touched the lives of many people in this community, including Stacey Pinno. Pinno is a student at UNCW and documenting Baylee's summer with the team. You can check out Pinno's video by clicking here.
The UNCW women's soccer team hopes to start up a fund to help with Baylee's medical costs.