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TCU baseball team lifts spirits of boy battling cancer

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A 5-year-old Arlington boy is ready to lace up his spikes and take the field for the TCU Horned Frogs' baseball team.

Micah Ahern isn't just any little boy, though – nor is he your average TCU baseball fan.

The young recruit is a member of the team, the biggest fan of the team and an inspiration to every player and coach.

Ahern has neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve tissue that's common in young children.

He's in stage four, so chemotherapy is routine now. But when he's not at the hospital, he's at the field, rooting for his team.

"Having Micah around, when he walks in the ballpark, all of a sudden whatever you consider having been a bad day all of a sudden becomes pretty trivial," said TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle.

And the players are officially Ahern's teammates. Back in January, they held a signing ceremony, and Ahern was in.

"You can tell he enjoys himself here," said player Dylan Fitzgerald. "We all love him, you know. Whenever he wants to go in the cages and hit, we'll set up a tee, hit with him."

For Ahern's 5th birthday, the team was on the road, so Fitzgerald posted a video from the team.

"I thought it would be a good idea just to videotape us, send it over Facebook," said Fitzgerald. "So, I got ‘em together after lunch and sang ‘Happy Birthday' to him and sent it to him."

Ahern also loves superheroes – he's part of Team Superhero Micah.

"Favorite superhero is Superman," said Ahern.

The ballpark is a break for Ahern that's as close to normal as he'll get.

"'Cause yeah, cancer, there is no normal," said Ahern's dad, Maurice. "Your schedule's…you may think, ‘Today I'm gonna go get chemo,' and then find out our counts aren't right, and so every day is a day of uncertainty. So you just learn to love each day, so you come up here and just have people loving on you and giving something to look forward to…just makes it a little easier."

In the meantime, Ahern has his own superhero battle cry: "Never ever give up," said Ahern.

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