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New York Rangers sign 8-year-old girl to one-day contract (pics)

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The New York Rangers on Thursday, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, made team history by signing Kayleigh Petersen to a one-day contract. The eight-year-old became the first female to sign a contract with the Rangers, per a team press release.

Petersen, from East Brunswick, N.J., was diagnosed with Tyrosinemia Type 1 in 2009, a “rare autosomal recessive genetic metabolic disorder” that has the potential to result in severe liver disease, per WebMD. Her health has been steadily improving since undergoing a liver transplant the same year.

An avid hockey player who also is involved in ballet and hip hop dancing, Petersen also is involved in gymnastics as well.

“She has tremendous skills and we felt her strength and character are through the roof,” said Adam Graves, Rangers Hockey Operations Department, via the team’s official site. “We are proud and honored to have her as a part of the Rangers organization.”

Petersen’s one-day contract and related activities were part of the Rangers’ “Garden of Dreams Night” at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night during a tilt with the Colorado Avalanche.

The young lady got the chance to jump on the Madison Square Garden ice, take a skate around the rink and hop onto the Rangers’ bench.

A one-day contract offer — or something of the sort — to a child who has experienced a challenging life due to illness or otherwise is not an uncommon occurrence in professional sports (see here and here and here and here). But the chance to see these children see their dreams come true as a reward for their courage and dignity while bravely facing all their trial and tribulations? It never stops serving as a heartwarming and inspirational reminder of the preciousness of life.

(image via New York Rangers/Twiter)