PITTSBURGH -- In conjunction with the Mother's Day holiday on Sunday, teams across Major League Baseball recognized winners of the annual Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognizes women who have been affected by breast cancer.
Kathy Bumeter of Wildwood, Mo., was chosen as the Cardinals' winner after being nominated for the honor by her sister-in-law. Bumeter was diagnosed with breast cancer last December and started an 18-week stint of chemotherapy shortly after.
The wife of a firefighter and a mother to two girls, Bumeter faces additional radiation treatments, chemotherapy and surgeries. Her sister-in-law described her as a "diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan" and directed people to a Facebook page -- titled #KBSTRONG -- to follow Bumeter's journey and offer words of encouragement.
Because the Cardinals were on the road this Mother's Day, the club will recognize Bumeter prior to an upcoming game at Busch Stadium. She will receive pink MLB merchandise during the on-field ceremony as well as two tickets to the game.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.