Local family finds comfort through North Carolina baseball team
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - At the College World Series, North Carolina is much more than just a baseball team to Kim Anton and her family.
"I can not say enough about how welcoming they have been," said Anton.
To the Antons, the student athletes are their friends.
"It makes me proud that these young men that play this game have taken my son in."
JR especially bonded with the young men. That bond started several years ago. He went to North Carolina for medical treatment. He has a genetic disorder known as Hunter Syndrome or MPS II. That means his body can't break down sugar that builds bone, skin and other tissue.
For the past several years, he's found comfort by staying a week with the North Carolina team. He's even gotten the chance to serve as a bat boy.
"It's fun," said JR Anton. "It's awesome to hang out with them."
Kim Anton says what helps the most is how these athletes have rallied around her son. When he's with them, he doesn't feel like he has a disorder.
"They just treat me like one of the guys," said JR Anton.
According to health experts, Hunter Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. It impacts only about one in 100,000 people.