El Paso Locomotive reveal Player for the Day

Aug 12, 2019

11-year-old cancer patient, Amber Berry suits up as Locomotive for the day

EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso Locomotive will have a little extra help on Saturday as they take on the Las Vegas Lights with their newest player on the field. 11-year-old Amber Berry received her greatest surprise when the El Paso Locomotive revealed she would officially be joining the team for the day.

At the young age of 11, Amber Berry has already proven she has the strength to overcome great obstacles and inspire everyone she comes in contact with. Diagnosed in 2016 with Leukemia, Amber’s message is simple - never ever give up.

“We are so excited to sign Amber Berry to a one-day contract with the team. She has shown incredible resiliency and courage in her battle with leukemia and has been under the highest standard of care from the great team at The Hospitals of Providence,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manger for El Paso Locomotive FC. “Because of their hard work and Amber’s fighting spirit, we know Amber will be able to enjoy being a kid again when she completes her treatments.”

During her three-year cancer journey at Providence Children’s Hospital, Amber has spent months at a time enduring aggressive treatments to get her well. Her final treatment is expected to be in July.

“It’s important to always stay positive, think of happy thoughts and in the end you’ll see how much you’ve accomplished,” said Amber Berry. “My team has been my mom, my family and all the nurses and doctors who have helped get me better. I can’t wait to take on this next challenge as Locomotive for a day.”

With aspirations to be an artist, Amber will unveil a one-of-a-kind masterpiece made especially for the Locomotive team. As a Locomotive Player for the Day, Amber will have an evening filled of soccer fun, team warm-up, autograph signing, game broadcast announcing and spending time with players. Her family will join in the festivities and cheer Amber on as Player #4.

“Amber is one of our warrior patients, she is truly an incredible child who at a very young age has already had to courageously take on cancer,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Group Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence. “When anyone meets her they can’t help but feel inspired. She not only brightens the days of many of our pediatric patients, but she brings smiles to all our nurses and staff. We are thankful that our partnership with the El Paso Locomotive enables Amber – and children like Amber in our community – with unforgettable experiences like this.”

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