She is a lifelong Dodger fan who wore Dodgers blue and a Dodgers wig during chemotherapy sessions, and despite her illness she attends games regularly. Gonzales will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against Colorado on May 17.
She will also be presented with a customized jersey by Majestic Athletic and an engraved full-sized pink bat from Louisville Slugger.
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 two 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 wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards are also pink. Games feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball.
Many MLB players also 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.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.