Major League Baseball has announced the winners of the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The Honorary Bat Girl for the New York Yankees is Rebecca Doolen from Utica, N.Y., who will be recognized in an on-field ceremony on Sunday, May 10, before the Yankees-Orioles game.
A 43-year-old mother of four, Doolen has been battling Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer since she was diagnosed last year. An avid Yankees fan, Rebecca has used her love for baseball to maintain a sense of normalcy for herself and her family. On top of raising her children and battling cancer, she has stayed active in her community and has made time to fundraise for Breast Cancer awareness and research by participating in the walk hosted by "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 2 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
On Mother's Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.