Mary Young, a 14-year old McFarland native, is now a member of the Edgewood College Softball team. Young has been battling Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and connected with Team IMPACT, a Boston based nonprofit group whose goal is to connect children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.
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"It's something I've never really gotten to do before since probably 4th grade to be a part of a team," Young said. "It's a really good opportunity. It's been really fun to get that experience."
Through Team IMPACT's program, Young is now an official member of the team. She's able to attend Eagles practices, games, team dinners, events, and more.
"Mary at any minute, at any moment is at risk of dislocating her joints, of having chronic body pain, the condition also comes with other coremorbitities things like headaches, digestive issues, heart issues so she's had quite the battle," Mary's mother Johanna Young said. "Being a part of the Edgewood Softball team has been a real ray of sunshine in our lives."