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11/21/2013 06:55 pm ET Updated Nov 24, 2014

West Virginia University Gymnastics Team Signs On Krista Mae Peraldo, 8-Year-Old With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (PHOTO)

Krista Mae Peraldo is just 8 years old, but she's already living one of her dreams.

On Tuesday afternoon, she signed a letter of intent making her the newest addition to the West Virginia University 'Mountaineers' gymnastic team, WVUsports.com reports.

Krista Mae, who lives in Hundred, W. Va., is also a patient at the WVU Children's Hospital. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March -- but the love and support of her community and her new team members have been keeping her spirits high, according to the Wetzle Chronicle.

The 'Mountaineers' joined forces with Team IMPACT, a Boston-based nonprofit which pairs sick children with college athletic teams, so that Mae could compete as an official Mountaineer. She will be practicing and competing with them throughout the coming season.

"Krista Mae brightens Cary Gym every time she comes in for practice, and her smiles and enthusiasm are infectious," coach Jason Butts told WVUsports.com. "We're happy that she and her family will be with us for our journey through the 2014 season, and we hope they know that we will always be here for them."

We're rooting for you, Krista Mae!

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