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May 23, 2011Thursday the UC women's basketball team will welcome 11-year old Buzz Smith to the Bearcat family with an official adoption ceremony.
Head coach Jamelle Elliott and her staff will present Buzz with an official jersey.
Buzz, who celebrated his 11th birthday this month, is recovering from multiple surgeries after doctors discovered a tumor in July 2010. What was initially thought to be a pulled neck muscle was later shown to be a spinal cord tumor in further MRI tests. After undergoing his second 10-hour surgery on May 3rd, doctors fused a rod between his vertebrae to help heal the incision and to avoid infection. Once the healing is complete, Buzz will begin therapy to relearn movement in his neck and shoulder muscles. Although he still has a long way to recovery, the UC women will continue to provide him with all the support they can.