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Some children fighting serious illness are cheering on the Cubs this weekend. (WLS)

Some children fighting serious illness are cheering on the Cubs this weekend. Two of them have special connections with some of the players.

For Beckham Zobrist's family, "It's been a long journey," his father Nick said.

"We were not prepared at all to hear the word cancer," said Erin Zobrist, Beckham's mother.

Beckham was diagnosed with eye cancer. Now, at age 7, he is full of life.

Doctors removed his eye and last year, Erin said he requested a "Cubbie eye." Yes, a Cubs prosthetic eye. So what do his friends think?

"They say I wish I could have one," Beckham said.

And kids who have similar journeys celebrate their Cubs pride at Lurie Children's Hospital. Jose is fighting cancer.

"They're going to win," he said.

Xavier has a broken arm and a Cubbie blue cast.

"They're going to play, and they're going to win," he said.

Young lives are influencing Cubs players. Cubs star Kyle Schwarber recently revealed that his green bracelet is for a boy who has a genetic disease. They've become friends.

"I always think that under his uniform, you can't see it, but it is like a super hero cape and he is my super hero," said Campbell Faulkner.

"He's living life to his fullest even though he has something to overcome," Schwarber said.

As for the family on a journey, they're in Chicago now. They're related to Cub Ben Zobrist, who invited them to the World Series game Friday.

"For them to remember and reach out like that is very special, and very kind," said Nick Zobrist, Beckham's father.

Beckham, his father, and grandfather - three generations - were at Friday night's game. The entire family is headed back to home to the Peoria area Saturday.
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