BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Lynn University is the first school in the state of Florida to take part in Team Impact.
The goal of the program is to enhance the lives of children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams.
Nine years ago, Boca Raton's Ari Cohen was diagnosed with Trisomy 9 Mosaicism. It's a rare chromosomal disorder in which the entire 9th chromosome appears three times (trisomy) rather than twice in some cells of the body.
Most kids with this illness don't make it past their first birthday.
"Statistically, with his disorder, Trisomy 9 Mosaicism, he should't be here," said Leah Cohen, Ari's mom.
Today, Ari is 10-years-old and a huge baseball fan.
The day he laid eyes on the Lynn University baseball team he was hooked.
So through Team Impact, the Knights decided to make Ari an official member of their baseball family.
"They're part of his life now and this isn't just on the field it's at home as well," said Leah.
ESPN 106.3's Emerson Lotzia has more on this heartwarming story of friendship and love.
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