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A 5-year-old cancer survivor's dream came true Thursday thanks to the Kansas City Royals. (KCTV5) A 5-year-old cancer survivor's dream came true Thursday thanks to the Kansas City Royals. (KCTV5)
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A 5-year-old cancer survivor's dream came true Thursday thanks to the Kansas City Royals. 

Rhylan Lopata, 5, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. 

On Thursday, he signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Royals. 

Lopata, of Overland Park, was introduced at a press conference and was presented his own jersey by Royals General Manager Dayton Moore. 

The Make a Wish Foundation assisted in making the one-day contract happen. 

"When we got the wish, we were playing pepper and he said he wanted to pepper with Eric Hosmer," said Rick Lopata, his father. 

After he signed the contract, Lopata exited the locker room and played catch with the All-Star first basemen and one of the faces of the franchise. 

"He may take my job," Hosmer said. 

When Lopata was diagnosed, he was unable to play baseball. 

“He was disappointed because he got diagnosed in the spring and had a team lined up but we were unable to play because he was going through treatment," Rick Lopata said. 

Now in remission, Rhylan has been cleared to play fall ball. 

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