Young cancer survivor with Cubs eye up for MLB Fan of the Year

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CHICAGO -- WGN first brought you the story of 7-year-old Beckham Zobrist in June. The only way to stop his cancer from spreading was to remove his eye -- that's when the bullying started.

"This kid just started calling him a freak and we saw him just shy away," Beckham's mom Erin told WGN.

For Christmas, Beckham begged his mother for a new eye. When she said that wasn’t possible, he offered another idea – one he and his friends were sure to love: a Chicago Cubs eye.

Beckham's custom prosthetic eye has been a hit -- especially with his favorite team. He had the opportunity to visit with some of the coaches and players at Wrigley Field.

“He’s my idol, and I look up to him and other kids like him that’s gone through what he’s gone through and wish him all the best," Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez told WGN.

Now, Beckham and three other Cubs fans are in the running for Major League Baseball's Fan of the Year. WGN created the video that MLB is using to tell Beckham's story. The video even includes guitar music by WGN Midday News anchor Steve Sanders!

To vote for Beckham, tweet the hashtag #CubsFOTY3 -- voting ends Sept. 19.

To learn more about the other Cubs fans, click here.

For WGN's original story about Beckham, click here.

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