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At President's request, White Sox honor Boston Marathon victim with first-pitch duties

There are some things we can plan. Others, though, are suddenly thrown upon us.

Boston resident Karen Rand was planning a trip to Chicago with her boyfriend and family when she went to watch him complete the Boston Marathon. Standing at the finish line during the horrific blasts at the race, Rand lost her leg -- and her friend.

Somber and recovering in the hospital, Rand received a visit from President Barack Obama. "He was really compassionate about the terrible thing that did happen to me," Rand said.

With improving health and spirits, she was determined to visit Chicago for the first time. After hearing Rand mention the trip during his visit, President Obama wanted to make sure her trip was special. Soon after, the Chicago White Sox contacted Rand and she was invited to the Athletics vs. White Sox matchup on Saturday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Rand was escorted onto the field before the game. Players and coaches from both sides immediately greeted her, including former Red Sox players Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick.

"I didn't even expect this. This is overwhelming," Rand said. "Sitting here, being on this field and people come over, it's been great. It's a really fun game for us."

Rand received a standing ovation upon completing her first-pitch duties.

As Rand exited the field, she could hear Sweet Caroline echo throughout the stadium.

"This is amazing," she said.

-- Evan Vladem / Real-Time Correspondent

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