ST. LOUIS -- Christina Sego -- a single mom, teacher and cancer survivor -- has been named the Cardinals' Honorary Bat Girl as part of a Major League Baseball initiative to recognize fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.
Sego, one of 30 honorees, will be recognized during an on-field ceremony at Busch Stadium on Sunday. She was nominated for the contest by her son Jordan, a high schooler in Sullivan, Mo.
Jordan Sego wrote that his mother "has done everything she can to make my life the best it could be" despite needing six chemotherapy treatments and 33 radiation treatments after learning she had Stage 3 breast cancer. She has been in remission for two years.
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"Her hard work and determination is unmatched by anyone else I have ever met," Jordan Sego wrote of his mom. "Even though she has been in remission for two years, she still continues the fight to this day, taking medication daily. I see her in pain every day, but she still pushes through it without anyone knowing. … She has fought so hard for so long, it would mean the world to this woman if she knew she isn't alone in this fight."
MLB introduced the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009 as part of its Mother's Day initiative to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. Clubs will wear specifically-designed uniforms that incorporate pink and feature a pink ribbon for Sunday's game. Pink bats, pink wrist bands and pink-stitched baseballs will also be featured.
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