The West Texas Outlaws honored 2-year-old Bodie Gannaway during half time of their game on Sunday, Feb. 16, to honor his bravery and to bring awareness to congenital heart defects.
At 6-months-old, Bodie had surgery aimed at trying to fix the congenital heart defect he was born with, but complications occurred, causing Bodie to suffer a brain injury during cardiac arrest.
Bodie's parents weren't sure if he would ever walk or talk again until Bodie took his first steps while the family was attending Heart Walk in October 2013.
October was also the first time that Bodie met the Outlaws.
On Sunday, the Outlaws honored Bodie with a jersey signed by the entire team.
The Gannaway family wants to bring more awareness to the issue of congenital heart defects.
"It's so unknown as a disease that affects so many children. One in 10 babies every year in the United States are born with a congenital heart defect and many of them don't live to see their first birthday," Bodie's mother said.
The Thomas Fuller family was also at the ceremony.
Their daughter, Kennedy, passed away at 22-days-old after struggling with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
The Fullers and the Gannaways have built a tremendous bond of friendship through their struggles.
Bodie continues to go through therapy to improve his motor skills and walking ability.
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