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Baseball: Luke Terry beat the odds

Do you love stories where the underdog beats the odds, or where someone overcomes a disability and astounds everyone? I do. They’re my favorite stories. Have you heard about Luke Terry? He’s a fifteen-year-old baseball player from Tennessee. Luke crouches behind home plate, ready to catch the next pitch. He’s so skillful and adept at his job, you hardly notice he only has one arm. When Luke was a baby, he contracted the e-coli bacteria. At first, doctors hoped they could save his arm, but the infection traveled quickly. Little Luke endured several long surgeries. In fact, it’s a miracle he survived because his heart stopped several times during the operations.

Excerpts from a newspaper article:

“I’ve had a bunch of people reach out and tell me how inspiring it is,” said Terry, who is a ninth grader at Cornersville High and recently saw his story go viral after a video of him playing catcher was posted on Twitter. “I don’t really know how to explain it. It feels good.”

Said Dana Terry, Luke’s mother: “It just makes my heart full every time I watch it, because I’ve seen him play and I’ve seen him grow and how everybody is finally seeing what I have been watching for years.”

Luke says “Catcher is his favorite position. It is one of the most active positions out there,” Terry said. “You get the ball almost every single play.”

Reporters have written several articles about Luke. But the latest one went viral. Luke and his family are thrilled. His mom said,

“Luke came into the house grinning ear to ear,” Dana Terry said. “You can’t fathom it. It’s like it’s unreal. I grew up watching Deion Sanders play, and now he’s watching my son. It’s awesome.

“It’s gotten to where everyone knows who Luke is.”

Luke is an amazing young man with a great attitude. I hope all of his dreams come true. My feeling is he’s a baseball  star on the rise. Keep up the good work, Luke.

copyright 2018 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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