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The 12th man: Missouri State’s men’s soccer squad works with Team Impact to welcome a new teammate

“Be Strong and Pray.”

This is the motto of the new 10-year-old men’s soccer signee, Nick Heun.

At the age of 5, Nick was diagnosed with an immune disorder where the body does not make antibodies, making it hard to fight off infections — hypogammaglobulinemia.

“A germ is the chocolate part of a M&M,” Nick said. “Your body is able to make the candy coating around the germ to keep your body from getting sick. I don’t make that candy coating, so I pretty much have no protection from germs.”

Because of Nick’s illness, he has to wear a mask when he’s indoors and in close quarters.