Scooter Gennett makes big impression on “Kate the Great,” six-year-old girl battling epilepsy

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MILWAUKEE -- This is a story of faith -- a story that involves baseball players and social media and an adorable little girl.

Six-year-old Katie Bublitz is that little girl. The baseball players are Brewers, from then and now.

Katie Bublitz

Katie Bublitz

Katie's dad Aaron had some great fan experiences when he was a kid -- experiences he cherishes and references to this day.

"Just being able to talk with players. That's when they would come up to the stands and they would actually spend some time with you. You could get close to them without security cutting you off, but yeah, great memories," Aaron Bublitz said.

One current player, with the help of the team, made sure that Katie Bublitz and her siblings would have their own great memories. This all came about because of something her dad did while Katie was in the hospital for complex partial epilepsy monitoring last fall.

Katie Bublitz with mom Laura and dad Aaron

Katie Bublitz with mom Laura and dad Aaron

"I was bored. 19 days in the hospital just sitting around and I'm on Twitter and I just started tweeting to every Brewers player that I know was on Twitter to see who would respond and one did," Aaron Bublitz said.

Earlier this season, Scooter Gennett had a pregame meeting with the whole Bublitz family at Miller Park.

Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett

"As I mature, as I keep playing, I think I'm able to plan things out a little better and have more time to do those things and those are the things that truly matter," Gennett said.

"It was pretty awesome to see. You never know how they're going to be. Is it going to be just -- let's get this over with? He definitely did not come across that way at all. He took his time with us. He asked the kids questions. He took a real interest in them. It was just real sweet and cute," Laura Bublitz, Katie's mom said.

"We're on a platform where we are able to help a lot of people, touch a lot of people, and that's what important in life. is to put a smile on people's faces and just do the right thing," Gennett said.

Scooter Gennett and Katie Bublitz

Scooter Gennett and Katie Bublitz

It made an impact.

"Even if you make it big in life, you can still be a real person, and kind, and take real, sincere interest in just everyday people," Laura Bublitz said.

"To be able to give him a hug and take some pictures and get a signed bobble head. All the kids, I was too -- we were just standing there in awe," Aaron Bublitz said.

Scooter Gennett and Katie Bublitz

Scooter Gennett and Katie Bublitz

The Bublitz's are sports fans, so they get the idea of waiting for the Brewers, for instance, to rebuild or a draft choice to come along and realize his potential, but when it comes to real life, the phrase 'keep the faith' is real life.

"In my position, it feels like I am always giving support, but to receive that support as well, has really helped our family and our church really come together and be a support for each other," Aaron Bublitz said.

Katie Bublitz, mom Laura and sister Ari

Katie Bublitz, mom Laura and sister Ari

Katie is facing another brain surgery in the near future.

Her 10-year-old sister, Ari, was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery at the age of two, but complaints are rare with this group.

"Any support from anywhere means a ton to our family. We've been very blessed by many people -- our church family, our family and amazingly, the Brewers," Laura Bublitz said.

Scooter Gennett and Katie Bublitz

Scooter Gennett and Katie Bublitz

As for Katie....

"I'm okay," Kate the Great said.

Okay -- and far from alone.

Bublitz family at Miller Park

Bublitz family at Miller Park

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