- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Karis Selk may only be 7, but she’s already landed spots on Washburn University’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams.

Karis, who is in her first year of remission from pediatric brain cancer, signed letters of intent Thursday night that made her an honorary member of both teams, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1mYZH7k ).

Her family, the school’s head volleyball coach and head women’s basketball coach watched as she signed her name in pink pen.

“It’s a neat thing to be a part of something and it’s an official paper that says, ‘I’m there and I’m a part of it,’ ” said Ron McHenry, head women’s basketball coach.

Her mother, Stephanie Selk, told a room full of coaches and athletes that Selk was 5 when she was diagnosed in November 2012. After two rounds of chemotherapy, she had brain surgery as doctors worked to remove a tumor. They declared last October that she was in remission after receiving back-and-forth treatment of chemotherapy and radiation.

The athletic teams and the Selk family were connected through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Both Karis and the foundation’s namesake, Jaclyn Murphy, were diagnosed with the same type of brain cancer.

“(Murphy) wanted to build this foundation to build spirit and hope for kids that are going through this type of treatment,” Stephanie Selk said.

Her daughter will be able to sit on the bench beside other players at games.

She will get her own locker for each team and a jersey with a number of her choosing from both. When asked which number she wanted to wear, Karis picked seven, because she’s 7 years old.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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