Auburn Softball Drafts Teen Battling Blood Cancer


It’s been a tough go for An-Mei Ellisor of Auburn.

Last July, she was diagnosed with Diffuse Large-B Cell Lymphoma and two days later, started chemotherapy.

Playing any sport in high school let alone college could be difficult, but thanks to an organization called Team Impact, An-Mei is an athlete.

On Tuesday night, An-Mei signed a national letter of intent to be a part of the Auburn University softball team.

“I love it because I feel like part of a team and it’s really cool,” An-Mei said.

The event was made possible by Team Impact, a national nonprofit which matches children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses to college athletic teams.

“It means a lot that the team would do this for her, the coach show up, and everything else,” said An-Mei’s father, John Ellisor. “We’ll have these memories and these pictures for a long time.”

An-Mei will not play, but she will attend future practices, games and events.

“We have a special young lady who’s attacked every possible meaning of life and fought for it and she is special in so many ways,” Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. “To have somebody like that that follows us and watches the girls and cheers for them, yea know it’s really special.”

Since its inception in 2011, Team Impact has matched more than 1,100 children to more than 450 colleges and universities throughout the country.

This is the first time Team Impact has partnered with an Auburn University athletic team.

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