*The Oakland Raiders had a very special guest sing the National Anthem Sunday night at O.co Coliseum leading up to their matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
Brianne "Breezy" Bochenek, a 13-year-old girl from San Ramon, Calif., delivered her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner before an announced crowd of 50,500.
"I get nervous every time," Breezy said with a laugh. "I knew it was going to be the biggest crowd so that made me a little bit more scared than usual."
For being just 13 years old, Breezy has already gone through more than most people do in a lifetime. At age nine, she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Osteosarcoma and elected to amputate her leg just above the knee to give her the best chance of survival.
Photos of Brianne "Breezy" Bochenek singing the National Anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders preseason matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
However, her diagnosis has not slowed the eighth grader down at all – she's completed four triathlons and has one more on the horizon, and she goes into every challenge she faces with positivity and a cheery disposition.
"There's really no point to being negative about things," Breezy said. "If you are positive, there will be a better outcome. Being happy about everything is going to make it a better situation overall, so that's how I think about it."
After she completed the anthem, Breezy and her parents, sister and a family friend headed up to a luxury suite to watch the game, but not before she received some words of encouragement from quarterback Derek Carr and other members of the team.
"That was really cool because you always see them on TV," Breezy said. "They came up and shook my hand and said I did a great job and that really meant a lot to me. That was so cool that they took the time to say that to me. Everyone that came up to me was so sweet."
While the result of the game wasn't what either her or the team wanted, the memory of her experience is one that she will not soon forget.
"Raider Nation is pretty awesome. I've never been to one of those kind of games and it was just really cool getting that whole experience and watching the crowd and everything."