BEAUMONT, Texas —
Prior to the start of Lamar’s softball game on Saturday, a very special 6-year-old was allowed to throw the ceremonial first pitch. She also became an honorary member of the team.
Abigail Arias has been diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a rare-type of cancer that is located in the kidneys. Doctors have told the family that the cancer is terminal and the little girl doesn't have long to live.
"It's going to continue to be an emotional roller coaster today, especially when she gets her," said Lamar softball head coach Amy Hooks.
As Arias made her way to the field, she was escorted by representatives from several law enforcement agencies, including Beaumont Police Department. Back in February she fulfilled her dreams of becoming an police officer when she was sworn into the Freeport Police Department.
So, how does Arias feel as she prepares to make her division one debut?
"I'm feeling good but bad guys, they are not doing well," Arias said.
She refers to the cancer as the ‘bad guys.' Though doctors have told her parents to prepare for the worst, her family says the 6-year-old is a fighter.
"She wouldn't wear a wig, she wouldn't wear a hat, she said dad it doesn't matter this is who I am, and we're go get through this, and we’re going to beat this. That right there gives you a sense of the fight that she has maintained throughout this whole process,” her father Ruben Arias said.
Freeport’s Chief Ray Garivey's daughter, who happens to play softball for Lamar, decided to invite Arias to come out and watch the team play. The bond that the two have developed since her father introduced them has become unbreakable.
"She's a little sister to me, she's always going to be with me and I'm always going to watch over her when she is here and when she's not here," Garivey said.
Not only is Arias an inspiration to Victoria, but to the team as well.
"We play seven innings and we fight seven innings, while Abigail fights every day of her life, with battling with cancer, so we can learn something from her here," Garivey said.
At the end of Saturday’s game, Arias was offered a scholarship to play softball at Lamar University.