Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 17, 2013

Cooper Somers serves as honorary dugout captain in Rusk

Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — Cooper Calvin Somers, center, served as the honorary dugout captain during Rusk's game against Fairfield Friday night at Eagle Park. Cooper, who will turn 3 on Aug. 20, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, an incurable genetic disease that affects the involuntary muscles that are used for crawling and walking, as well as for head and neck movement. Cooper is from Humble, but has many relatives in Rusk. Pictured along side Cooper is Rusk's Reece Goldsberry, left, and Eagle head baseball coach Jason Barnes, right.