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    Little Byron Ingram is a big Texas Rangers fan, and thanks to the ball club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation he had a special day in September where all his wishes came true. (Published Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014)

    You won't find a bigger Texas Rangers fan than 13-year-old Byron Ingram from Red Oak and after a life full of struggle, the ball club made his wish come true.

    Byron's struggles started at birth. He was born a twin, but neither child was supposed to live past infancy.

    The Ingram family lost one child, but Byron survived with a long list of life-threatening complications.

    "Byron has been severe medically challenged ever since then. Cerebral Palsy, Arnold-Chiari, he's got a heart condition, he's hearing impaired. Just about everything, he has a little bit of," said his mom Amanda Ingram-Rogers.

    "I feel, mad," said Byron when asked how he feels on days that aren't going to great.

    Nothing is easy for Byron, but that doesn't keep him sidelined from his passion, sports. He's not just a fan, he also plays baseball and football.

    "One of the last games, the teams had coordinated... they had coordinated with each other to allow him to make a touchdown. They snapped him the ball and he fell down. He picked it up, and they helped him back up and he ran some more and he did it again, he fell about four or five times but he did it," said Amanda. "It was just one of those moments."

    And another "moment" came Sept. 4.

    Thanks to the Texas Rangers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Byron spent the day as a big leaguer with his favorite team.

    Byron got a personal tour of the club house from outfield Daniel Robertson and then he spent time with his favorite player, Adrian Beltre.

    Byron also got to play catch with Colby Lewis. That's when, thanks to a ball decorated with Mickey Mouse, he found out his biggest wish was granted, a Disney cruise.

    "I'm excited about the Disney Cruise, and all the fun at the water park," said Byron.

    Mom Amanda said it was the perfect finish to a perfect day.

    "Just to see the challenges that he overcomes on a day-to-day basis, and you know he doesn't ask for much himself and doesn't put himself first. He's always out there to help others. It's good to him get to do something like this and be spoiled I guess," Amanda said.