Dickinson Blue Hawks adopt honorary player

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DICKINSON, N.D. - Meet the Dickinson Blue Hawk's youngest player: Parker Case Roy.

"I have loved this team ever since I moved here in 2010," says Case-Roy.

The 14-year-old was diagnosed with transverse myelitis when he was four-years-old. The rare neurological disease left him paralyzed from the waist down, but he fought it.

"Only 10 percent of the children with transverse myelitis recover fully and walk again, so we were very grateful and very blessed that he was able to walk," says Laura Roy, Parker's mother.

His mother says Parker approaches life with an upbeat attitude and a smile on his face. And Thursday, he wore a huge one as he signed his letter of intent with the DSU Football Team.

"Athletes, just everyday people, take for granted, a lot of that being health. And that's something he has to battle every single day and every night," says Kaler Ray, Blue Hawks Quarterback.

Parker likes playing video games, and hanging out with his friends, but he's wanted to play football since he was a child.

"He's always wanted to play, and we never told him he couldn't," says Laura.

And now, he gets to be close to all the action.

Ray says Parker has already inspired them with his infectious laughter and excitement.

"The kid is a soldier. He's a fighter. He gets after it every day and still manages to live the everyday kid-life," says Ray.

Tackling each day with a smile.

Parker's adoption was made possible through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization that helps children fighting pediatric brain tumors and childhood cancers. ​