CLEVELAND -- Eva Johnson might experience some nerves when her name is announced at Progressive Field on Mother's Day, but it will be nothing compared to the daunting road she traversed to make the moment possible.
On Sunday, Johnson -- a breast-cancer survivor -- will be honored as the Indians' Honorary Bat Girl winner, as part of Major League Baseball's annual Mother's Day initiative. Each team will take time to recognize one of its fans who has been affected by breast cancer and demonstrates a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.
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Johnson, who resides in Tampa, Fla., was nominated by her sister and was chosen to represent Cleveland on Sunday. Johnson was diagnosed with Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer in August 2013, when she was 30 years old. After a double mastectomy, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and a few follow-up surgeries, Johnson has now been cancer-free for three years.
Before Sunday's game against the Royals, Johnson will be honored in a pregame ceremony and will receive pink MLB merchandise, along with tickets to the game.
The Honory Bat Girl winners were selected by a panel of judges, including a handful of special guest judges. As part of the Mother's Day celebration, on-field personnel will wear a pink ribbon on their uniform, along with pink wrist bands. This year, MLB teams will also feature specially designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the club's regular look. Other items -- the bases, lineup cards, bats and more -- will also feature pink.
Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other items from Mother's Day games will be auctioned at MLB.com to raise funds to benefit the fight against breast cancer. MLB's Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program is partnered with Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen to raise awareness and funds for breast-cancer research.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.