Campbell named Rays' Honorary Bat Girl

Contest winner has raised over $20,000 with support team in fight against cancer

Campbell named Rays' Honorary Bat Girl

BOSTON -- Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest on Monday, and Dorothy Campbell of New Port Richey will be the Rays' representative.

The contest recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

Campbell, who was nominated by her family, was diagnosed in 2010 with breast cancer. Since her original diagnosis, Campbell and her support team raised over $20,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Although she went into remission after her original diagnosis, Campbell was recently diagnosed with metastatic triple negative 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.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.