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Bears invite inspirational cancer survivor to minicamp practice

Bears rookie Adam Shaheen and former center Jay Hilgenberg present 18-year old Kate Foster with a framed jersey. Jeff Dickerson/ESPN.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Eighteen-year-old cancer survivor Kate Foster is technically the person responsible for introducing Chicago to Bears second-round pick Adam Shaheen.

Foster, who resides in Rockford, Illinois, attended last spring’s draft in Philadelphia where she went on stage with former Bears center Jay Hilgenberg and announced the Shaheen choice on live television.

Most Bears fans had probably never heard of Shaheen, who played at Division II Ashland University, prior to draft weekend.

Foster got the chance to meet Shaheen on Tuesday after the Bears wrapped up their first minicamp practice of the week.

Foster is an inspiration. She lost her leg to leukemia at age 12 but still went on to become a highly successful gymnast. Foster won the 2016 USA Gymnastics Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award for her leadership, strength and determination.