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Fighting cancer, Cole Baker, 13, signs with Cardinal and Team Impact

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STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford football inked its most important recruit just before signing day. 

A 13-year-old native of San Mateo, Cole Baker, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2011, signed his letter of intent to join the Cardinal via Team Impact on Monday in Luck Auditorium. 

Team Impact is a national nonprofit organization based in Boston whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Headquartered in Boston, Team Impact matches children with collegieate athletic teams. Since 2011, the organization has matched nearly 1,600 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes.

As a team member, Cole will attend Cardinal practices, games, team dinners and team events. As teammates, the Stanford football student-athletes join Cole's support team.  

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Each year, about 700 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States. It accounts for six percent of all childhood cancers in the United States.

Stanford (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) will take on Pitt (7-6, 6-2 ACC) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. PT and the game can be seen on CBS. 
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