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7-year old joins Liberty lacrosse while fighting lymphoma

The Liberty women's lacrosse team surrounds 7-year old Lola Danos, who joined the team for Saturday's win over Presbyterian. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - 7-year old Lola Danos is in the midst of the battle of her life.

Diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma last December, with a mass in her chest, Danos is showing a fighting spirit. Her father, Jacob Danos, says Lola is responding well to treatments, with the mass having already shrunk 30%.

That fighting spirit was a perfect fit for the Liberty University women's lacrosse team. Through their partnership with Team Impact, the Lady Flames welcomed Lola to their sideline on Saturday, as an honorary member for the day.

Jacob Danos says Lola is "...a firecracker. Always uplifting, and great spirits." Those spirits were on display anywhere she went. From the stands, to the TV Booth, to the sidelines. No one cheered harder, as the Flames defeated Presbyterian to open their Big South Conference schedule.

Flames redshirt Faith Wells spent most of the day with Lola, and said the 7-year old was a perfect fit on Liberty's sidelines, saying "I could tell from the first moment I talked to her, she was already in. 'Alright, I wanna know who this is, and who this is.' We have a good group of girls (on the Flames sideline), so to love on her was really exciting."

After the LU win, the team honored Lola with a signing ceremony, as well as a letter from the school and Project Impact, saying in part "You've already inspired us with your strength.." and "..you'll motivate your team with your ability to persevere and overcome challenges."

Those challenges make days like Saturday sweeter for the Danos family. Father Jacob fought back his emotions, saying "You know, it could be a good week, then some weeks could be kinda rough. Then she would have some hard times, but she's a fighter."

It's that fighting spirit and determination that made Saturday's experience one neither side will soon forget. As the sidelines cleared, Wells added "This is so much more than even lacrosse. Just to come out here, to see her smile and her joy, It's humbling but awesome."

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