On pace to become the first team since the 2001 Mariners to reach 110 wins in a single season, it's no secret that the Chicago Cubs are absolutely rolling on the diamond. But thanks to the efforts of 7-year-old superfan Beckham Zobrist, the Cubbies are making their mark off the field as well.
Zobrist -- a cousin of Cubs second baseman Ben -- was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer known as retinoblastoma in 2012. It forced doctors to ultimately remove the left eyeball to prevent the cancer from reaching his brain.
But as this video feature by WGN shows, Zobrist has refused to let the unfortunate illness crush his spirit. He adopts the use of a prosthetic eye featuring the logo of his favorite sports team, then gets to fulfill his lifelong dream of meeting its players:
As Zobrist's mother, Erin, states in the video, "the kids just started calling him a freak" once Beckham lost his original eye, leading him to plead for a replacement.
And after a bit of debate, his family reached out to its ocularist, who was able to get the innovative procedure done to the amazement of Beckham, his friends, and the Cubs' personnel alike.
"He's my idol, and I look up to him and other kids like him that's gone through what he’s gone through and wish him all the best," Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez told WGN. "I told him he’s more than welcome to come back any time he wants."
According to Beckham's father, Nick, the die-hard Cubs fan is more than happy with this arrangement.
"We went to Disney World two years ago for Make-A-Wish," Nick says in the video. "He told me that Make-A-Wish was now No. 2, and this is No. 1."
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