Woburn boy joins Tufts Lacrosse Team

Posted: 11/16/13 at 10:55 pm EST      Last Updated: 11/17/13 at 2:13 pm EST

MEDFORD, Mass.  (WHDH) -- A very special day for a young boy from Woburn. He made the Tufts lacrosse team.  While it was a thrill for him and his family, the team is getting something out of it too.

At only 7 years old you'd think Jacob Beranger was still more than a decade away from making an impact on the Tufts University lacrosse team, but look closer and you'll see that's not the case at all.

"I can't even express it," said Senior Captain Beau Wood.  "We've had a lot of special moments in my four years at Tufts, winning championships, but this is just as special as any moment I've had here."

Jacob is a cancer survivor. At age 3 he was diagnosed with a high risk form of the disease that develops in the nerve tissue.  After years of intense treatment which included spending 2 months in a coma, he's now in remission.

And now he's an honorary member of the men's lacrosse team at Tufts. He rolled up to campus in a limo.  He got his own locker, his own jersey and a helmet.

At the press conference introducing him to the team Jacob was all business, but his mother couldn't hold back her tears.

"You don't see it right now," said Joanne Beranger.  "But you're bringing the joy and life back into him.  It's a great, great thing you do for them."


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