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“She’s one of those kids who comes along and you say, `I never will forget her,’” Caslin said. “She’s part of me.”

Rogers reports to doctors at UC San Francisco every couple of weeks _ and someday, she hopes, she will be well enough to no longer need her defibrillator and still lead an active lifestyle. She can exercise at low intensity, with caution.

Because of Rogers‘ story, both Caslin and Gottlieb field questions from other programs dealing with similar issues.

“I’ve really never seen her so genuinely happy. She’s an inspiration that she can take such joy in a role she never asked for and never predicted,” Gottlieb said. “She has turned every difficult situation into something positive. She’ll forever be one of the most remarkable student-athletes having never played a single game.”