Samford hoops signs 7-year-old boy battling rare syndrome (video)

Nathaniel "Biggie" Henderson. (Photo courtesy of Samford Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Samford Athletics) -- The Samford University basketball team officially announced the signing of Nathaniel "Biggie" Henderson to a National Letter-of-Intent Saturday in an official press conference held in the Seminar Room of the Pete Hanna Center.

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Samford head coach Bennie Seltzer directed the press conference and announced the signing with much fanfare. Henderson was issued a No. 5 jersey and became the 17th member of the 2013-14 Bulldogs. Henderson is a 7-year-old native of Birmingham, who was thrilled to become the newest Bulldog. Henderson was diagnosed with CLOVES Syndrome, a genetic overgrowth syndrome that has fewer than 100 diagnosed cases in the world. Henderson's CLOVES manifests itself through complex vascular abnormalities and masses along with severe overgrowth on the right side of his body. He has had three surgeries to remove masses on his chest, arm, and the latest, on May 29, to amputate the bottom half of his right leg which had grown two to three feet longer than his left. He is still healing from his leg amputation, but is excited to get fitted for a prosthetic. Henderson also has a tracheotomy to help him breathe because his esophagus was pushed to the side from overgrowth. Having CLOVES syndrome, he will always be at risk for more masses, yet, with the support of his team, he will be fully prepared to take on anything in the future!{}{} According to Nathaniel "Biggie" Henderson, his favorite number is 5, his favorite foods are chicken nuggets and french fries, and he loves the color red. His favorite movie is "Good Burger", and he enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and watching Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Henderson is thrilled to join the team and very excited to meet all of his new Samford teammates!