Coastal Carolina celebrating the life of Caroline Hogue

ESPN | Mitch Sherman
The Hogue family spent time early in the College World Series to register organ donors outside TD Ameritrade Park. Courtesy of the Houge family
OMAHA, Neb. -- Caroline Hogue tells her parents, Matt and Laura Hogue, that she plans to attend the University of Nebraska to study nursing and biomedical engineering.

She wants to help people and to make a difference in the field -- and she wants it to happen near the hospital that provided her with a chance to live.

Caroline, 10, underwent a small bowel transplant in September 2006 at Nebraska Medicine, the Omaha facility associated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With her parents and 12-year-old sister, Rachel, Caroline has spent much of the past two weeks back in Nebraska.

Her father, Matt, is the Coastal Carolina athletic director. The Chanticleers have won four games at the College World Series and face elimination Tuesday night against Arizona in the best-of-three CWS finals (8 ET, ESPN).

Nearly 10 years ago, Caroline beat far greater odds to win a battle of more significance.

"They provided us a life-saving miracle," Matt Hogue said. "There have been ups and downs, but she's almost 10 years post-transplant, and basically everything is normal in how [she] goes about her daily life." Continue reading
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