Kasie Ream, a student at Palmetto Ridge (Naples, Fla.), wanted to play basketball like many girls her age. Now, she is a key contributor for her school’s junior varsity team.
As seen in a story reported by Florida’s WINK News, Ream is living out a dream despite a rare condition. Ream has Turner Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder in which a female is born with only one X chromosome. While not a disease, the genetic condition does present a number of health concerns. It affects roughly one in every 2,500 girls.
In the face of those odds, Ream is contributing to the team and playing the sport she loves.
“It seemed like it would be fun to play it once I thought about it,” Ream told WINK.
Not merely on the end of the bench, Ream is even taking – and making – shots. As you can see in the above video, she is running up and down the court and putting her hands up on defense as well.
In fact, coach Brandon Jones said that the team had a lot of girls come out for the team who couldn’t make shots as well as Ream.
“It’s a great thing to see when you see a girl like her that just wants to be like everybody else,” Jones told WINK. “I think it’s special. It’s exciting.”
“She now knows she can do anything,” ” Ream’s mother, Julie Joyner, said. “And she feels empowered and she feels accepted and it’s just made her grow into an amazing young woman. I’m so proud of her.”
In the face of adversity, Ream is certainly living out a dream.
For more information on Turner syndrome, visit www.turnersyndrome.org.