Honorary Bat Girl has special connection to Dodgers

The Dodgers will welcome a special guest -- Melissa Stockhoff of Houston -- to Chavez Ravine later this month as part of the Honorary Bat Girl program.

Stockhoff was announced Monday as one of the winners of the 2016 contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.

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Stockhoff will be honored on the field and throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Dodgers' game against the Cardinals on May 13. The 34-year-old mother of three was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2015. She finished her final infusion of chemotherapy in March and continues her fight against the disease.

The Dodgers have special meaning to Stockhoff because she and her husband, Andrew, attended a Dodgers game on their honeymoon. The couple will celebrate their nine-year wedding anniversary in June.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 in support of the "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative, which aims to increase awareness about the breast cancer cause, while fundraising for breast cancer research. Each of this year's winners' stories can be found at HonoraryBatGirl.com.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.