Trimble named Padres' Honorary Bat Girl

SAN DIEGO -- Major League Baseball announced Christine Trimble as the Padres' winner of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl contest Monday -- a contest which recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who have committed themselves to fighting the disease.

Nobody represents those qualities better than Trimble, who was diagnosed in 2014.

Honorary Bat Girl contest

Since then, not only has Trimble beaten the disease, but she became Komen San Diego's largest fundraiser, personally bringing in more than $36,000 for breast cancer patients.

"Once I came to terms with my diagnosis, I realized there really weren't options," Trimble said in an MLB release. "I could cry or fight it. I could get angry or fight it. I could escape or fight it. No matter what, fighting it always won out, and somehow I began relying on strength I didn't know I had."

Trimble -- a mother, a wife and the vice president of public affairs at Qualcomm -- was given the diagnosis of Stage III breast cancer in September 2014. She called that day "the worst of my life." But since then, Trimble has made an enormous impact in the fight against breast cancer.

"If I found the learning curve steep and the process challenging, I couldn't believe what a challenge it could be for individuals who don't have access to adequate healthcare, the financial ability or the education to understand what doctors are telling them," Trimble said.

Winners from all 30 teams will be recognized on-field at ballparks on Mother's Day this Sunday -- or at a later date for clubs with away games. Trimble will be recognized Sunday before the Padres' game against the Mets.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.