'You're not alone': Boy battling cancer sends heartfelt message to White Sox closer Liam Hendriks

A 12-year-old boy who is battling cancer sent a heartfelt video message to White Sox closer Liam Hendriks this week.

Earlier this month, Hendriks announced that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which is a rare form of cancer.

"Hearing the word ‘Cancer’ came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year," Hendriks wrote on social media. "However, I am resolved to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when facing other obstacles in my life."


The Dragonfly Donation, a pediatric cancer nonprofit, serves patients and families in the Chicagoland area. Dimitris is one of those patients.

The 12-year-old was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer in April.

"To this day, I'm battling through trials and tribulations to keep me happy," Dimitris said in the video. "And if I can do it, you can do it, too."

Dimitris' mom, Danika Wilkins, is a Chicago Transit Authority employee. She says The Dragonfly Foundation has provided them with countless moral support. She said she is also grateful for number 31 and his open dialogue about an often quiet disease.

"A lot of people think that they're alone, so they don't talk about it. So if they see someone on television that they know, then they feel better about it.," said Wilkins.