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Boy with chronic illness becomes honorary Marshall University basketball player

Calvin Fields, 8, is an honorary basketball player for Marshall University's men's basketball team. He has cystic fibrosis, which is a chronic genetic disease. (WCHS/WVAH)

For Calvin Fields, hanging around the Thundering Herd men's basketball team at Marshall University is a dream come true.

"He's a fighter, he's a great person to be around," Jannson Williams, basketball player, said. "He has such a good personality, especially at the young age he is. He is ecstatic with energy, and we need that. We need that."

Calvin, 8, was born with cystic fibrosis, which is a chronic genetic disease.

"Calvin does really well," Calvin's mother, Brentney Fields, said. "We keep him active. Sports are very important for cystic fibrosis kids. It keeps their lungs healthy, so he plays all of the sports. He swims, and for him to hang out with the basketball team and run the stairs with them, it's really good for him."

On Wednesday, Calvin became an honorary member of the Thundering Herd with his own special signing day.

"Whenever I'm practicing, I look over at the stands and this guy's having the time of his life not caring about the world and what's going on and I feel like we can all learn from him," Williams said.

Calvin was also presented a proclamation from Governor Jim Justice that announced May as Cystic Fibrosis Month.

"He's a huge fan, and for them to accept our family and welcome us in, it's just kind of like the Huntington way," Brentney Fields said. "Everybody's family here. "

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