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(Video) Ten-Year-Old Cancer Patient Sings National Anthem Before Braves Game

Excuse me for a moment. I think I must have got a little dust in my eye.

Her name is Lily Anderson from the Rally Foundation and the rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” she performed before Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Pirates-Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field is utterly and completely beautiful. What a precious, brave and inspirational little girl.

UPDATE: Big League Stew has even more information on Lily:

According to, Lily was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2009 and has had to go through difficult rounds of chemotherapy and surgery.

But as is apparent from the video, there’s much more to Lily Anderson:

(Lily) thinks peace signs are really cool, loves turtles and playing with her friends. She loves to ride dirt bikes with her Dad, and looks forward to the weekly Sunday visits with her Grandma and Grandpa. Lime green is her very favorite color and as with most girls her age, clothes are really special; in fact she is often known by her nickname “Style Anderson.”

Plenty more on Lily over at the Stew. Well worth a read.

[H/T @JerodMorris (via @WorldofIssac)]