Twelve-year-old Stephanie Rodriguez kicked off Monday night's Chicago White Sox game by singing the national anthem. She was scheduled to perform the song four years ago, but had to cancel. Rodriquez was ill with a rare kind of pediatric brain cancer and her condition worsened.
Now in remission, the seventh grader was heard and watched by about 1,000 cancer survivors invited to the game by the White Sox.
Rodriquez sang before the Sox took on the Anaheim Angels at Comiskey Park. She dedicated the moment to James Edwards Jr., the school singing teacher who discovered her singing skills when she was six. He died three years ago of cancer.
"I'm singing to Mr. Edwards," she said. "Mr. Edwards, he did this with me. And now, I'm just finishing it for him."
And the White Sox held up their end as well, beating Anaheim 6 to 1.