Young Sox fan battling cancer honored at SoxFest

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Hundreds of fans are packing the Hilton Hotel to meet their favorite players and officials, interact with other fans, and get their souvenirs autographed. (WLS)

Hundreds of Chicago White Sox fans packed the Hilton Hotel Friday afternoon to meet their favorite players and officials, interact with other fans and get their souvenirs autographed.

The start of SoxFest was most memorable for Olivia Pierce, who was promoted to honorary assistant to the general manager.

Olivia has been to 45 games this season and prides herself on knowing all things White Sox.

With her upbeat, bubbly personality, it's hard to believe the 10-year-old has lived through 35 surgeries and eight rounds of chemo.

"I have bilateral retinoblastoma it's just a fancy term for cancer in my eyes, I have one year of chemotherapy and 35 eye surgeries on my eye, we lost my eye to cancer, we have six tumors on this eye but we are down to two," she said.

Olivia said she stays so positive because her mom is always so positive.

This year, Olivia is going to try to attend 51 games. She also got a chance to meet all the players on the team.


Past, current and future players were on hand to sign autographs and take photos with fans. There was also be question-and-answer seminars.

Some of the current players scheduled to appear included: Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez, Derek Holland, Dan Jennings, Nate Jones, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and Tyler Saladino. Past players scheduled to appear include: Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Bo Jackson, Eric Soderholm, Frank Thomas and Willie Harris. Several prospects and coaching/development staff are also on the schedule.

SoxFest runs through the weekend. Tickets are still available online.

For more information on SoxFest, click here.
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