ATLANTA -- One of the most applauded events on the diamond at Turner Field is not a hit, strike out or even a game-winning grand slam. It's the performance of the Star Spangled Banner by a 10-year-old recovering from neuroblastoma.
"I wasn't nervous at all," Lily Anderson said with a smile during a conversation with 11Alive's Brenda Wood Monday night. "I got out there and I was like 'oh whatever, let's just do it.'"
Just last Thursday, Anderson took center stage at Turner Field, when she performed the national anthem before the Atlanta Braves game in front of thousands of fans.
Tears streamed from the eyes of fans and players as Anderson sang. As her performance concluded, the stadium erupted into applause -- arguably one of the longest standing ovations in Turner Field history.
Anderson told Wood that she is doing well in her recovery from neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that occurs in children. Though she's only 10-years-old, she works actively to bring attention to the Rally Foundation, a group that raise money and awareness of childhood cancer.
"God has blessed me," Anderson said.