Local Phillies fan Roni Storti, a five-year breast cancer survivor from Trappe, Pa., is making a difference when it comes to "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" - and as a result, will be recognized on the field as the Phillies Honorary Bat Girl on Sunday, May 10, during StubHub Mother's Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank Park, before the 1:35 p.m. game against the Mets.
Storti is receiving this honor after being selected as the Phillies winner for Major League Baseball's 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.
"Roni Storti is an inspiration when it comes to 'Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer'," said Mary Ann Moyer, Phillies Director of Community Initiatives. "After a life-changing diagnosis of Stage 2 breast cancer in 2009, she is today not only cancer free, but also an advocate when it comes to raising awareness and funds for those afflicted with breast cancer. A volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Unite for Her, and also a participant in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, Roni is committed to the cause and we are honored to have her as our Honorary Bat Girl."
In addition to honoring Storti, the day will also feature on-field and in-game elements to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer, including:
- 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.
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.