Metro girl says she was kicked off softball team because she’s diabetic

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OKLAHOMA - Ten-year-old Lundyn Cox loves sports.

“I kind of just like to be part of a team and hitting the ball, catching the ball,” Cox said.

Cox was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 6 years old.

She’s learned how to manage it around her practices and games.

“You gotta do less insulin, more insulin if you’re high, make sure you’re not low,” Cox said.

Cox’s mom said she was shocked when her daughter’s softball coach told her via text she wanted Cox to leave the softball team, because her diabetes was a “liability” to the team.

“Immediately, she cried. She asked 'Am I not good enough? You know, am I weird?'” said Brandy Skoropowski. “I said 'You’re special and you’re amazing,' and I said 'There’s a team out there that wants you.'”

And, they found exactly that.

The Rangers have welcomed Cox with open arms.

“I think she’s a really good player,” said teammate Trinity Mallory.

“I think it’s pretty rude that someone kicked her off the team just because she had diabetes,” said teammate Finlee Hooper.

This past weekend, Cox got a sort of sweet revenge.

Her new team played her old team, and they beat them - nine to one.

“I hit a big hit down center field, and they missed it,” Cox said.

“We played them this past weekend, and we beat them. And, it probably looked like they could’ve used her on their team,” said Cox’s new coach, Ricky Torres.

Cox took to social media to tell her story and has gotten thousands of hits.

And, she has a message for everyone about kids with diabetes.

“Don’t make them feel different. They’re just like you,” Cox said.

Cox is an ambassador for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

She’s participated in three different clinical trials and wants to be a research doctor someday.

Last year, she raised $4,300 with her team for the JDRF One Walk.

She’s hoping to double that amount this year.

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