Marcos de Niza baseball adopts newest member through Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

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The Marcos de Niza baseball team has added a special member to the roster.

The team adopted 13-year-old Wyrik Wile in conjunction with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The foundation pairs children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers with local teams and clubs to make them an honorary member.

Wyrik had a stroke at the age of 2, according to his mom Alicia. He was diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease, a progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain. 

The disease is so rare, it only affects 1 in 2 million people.

“Strokes were going to be a part of his life,” his mother said. “It’s a very scary disease.”

A cat scan showed Wyrik was missing an artery in his brain. At just 3 years old, Wyrik underwent brain surgery to give him a new artery.

Since his surgery, Wyrik hasn’t had another stroke.

Wyrik is a huge sports fan. Though he can’t play contact sports, he enjoys playing basketball and running track.

He looks forward to being a part of the Padre baseball team.

Marcos de Niza’s head baseball coach, Steve Schuck, has dedicated himself to developing a strong sense of community and giving back to others in his program. He's been working for several years to partner with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

“We are honored to welcome Wyrik to our team and know he will make a bigger impact on our lives than we will make on his,” Coach Schuck said. 

Wyrik is the 801st child to be paired with a team through the Friends of Jaclyn foundation.

“It’s not about just the sport,” said Denis Murphy, Friends of Jaclyn Foundation founder  “It’s about these children becoming a member of the team for life.”

Welcome to the Padre Family, Wyrik!