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WEB EXTRA: Carl Junction Brothers Serve as Honorary Members of PSU Baseball Team

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Peyton and Bearett Vanderpool, brothers from Carl Junction, threw out ceremonial first pitches and served as honorary members of the Pitt State baseball team in PSU's game against Missouri Southern Tuesday afternoon. The special day was thanks to the PSU "Love Your Melon Campus Crew."

Peyton, who is 9 years old, has been battling a rare form of brain and spinal cord cancer for three years.

"There is no way to remove it," the boys' mother, Morgan Vanderpool says in a release from PSU, "They just treat it with chemo to keep it from growing."

Bearett, who is 10 years old, was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and currently wears leg braces after corrective surgeries.

"He used to be able to run and play, but now he has a lot harder time getting around," his mother says, "He was very sports oriented but can't participate now."

Pitt State baseball is no stranger to tragedy. The team lost team member Jake Clark in March after his own battle with cancer.

"When our players have been through the loss of a close friend, it's impactful to our players to know they can share stories, memories, and really understand the value of friendships young and old, and how we can impact lives of other people just for a moment," says PSU head coach Tom Myers in a release from the school, "It's nice to see our players smile and put into perspective that life is more than just playing a game of baseball, that they can share an experience and brighten young peoples' days on their turf and provide meaningful memories."

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