Friends of Ella

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

LIVINGSTON, Alabama --- It's been a special season for the University of West Alabama softball team. The Tigers adopted a two year old girl from Sweet Water named Ella Norris who has won over the hearts of players, coaches, and fans alike.

The UWA softball team welcomed Norris into their family back in April, and ever since she joined the Tigers, Ella has proven to be as valuable to UWA softball as any slugger or star pitcher.

When she was 16 months old, Ella's parents, Tamara and Caleb, were told that she had an inoperable brain tumor. Tamara says the tumor is very rare.

"She is one of three in the world that has her's in the medulla part of her brain down at the bottom...but she's doing really well we did 15 months of chemotherapy we got finished with that in February, and so since then she's just been going and thriving and she can walk and talk and run and do anything..."

Ella was connected to the UWA softball team through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which pairs children with pediatric brain tumors with area sports teams.

Since she was introduced to the Tigers, Ella and the players and coaches have grown close. Tune into Newscenter 11 Sports at 6 & 10 Wednesday and Thursday for more on the Norris family and their relationship with this area sports team.

To find out more about Ella, you can also log onto to read blogs from the Norris family and keep up with her treatment.

For more on the Friends of Jaclyn, visit

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