Trimble lauds MLB for breast cancer awareness

Padres' Honorary Bat Girl advises women to contact Susan B. Komen organization

Trimble lauds MLB for breast cancer awareness

SAN DIEGO -- Christine Trimble wasn't shy about going to bat for others battling breast cancer.

So when the Padres announced Trimble as Sunday's Honorary Bat Girl on Mother's Day, it made sense.

"I'm so excited about this and so honored,'' Trimble said before the Padres' 4-3 loss to the Mets at Petco Park.

Padres don pink to pay tribute to mothers

Authentic game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other gear from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively at MLB.com, with proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer. The complete Mother's Day collection -- which includes the special caps and jerseys being worn by players on Sunday -- is available at the MLB.com Shop.

Major League Baseball saluted those who've been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.

In San Diego, that meant a community tipping its cap to a real treasure in Trimble.

She was diagnosed nearly two years ago with breast cancer and started the long journey to recovery. It's a difficult route through doctor appointments, exams and treatments -- it can be overwhelming.

"When I was diagnosed, it just hit me and I was not prepared,'' said Trimble, a San Diego resident and longtime Padres fan who learned last month she is cancer-free. "I realized how much I didn't know about breast cancer.

"And I figured how difficult it could be for someone else. Maybe someone who may not be able to quickly access the Internet or have family or friends -- I'm lucky I have doctors in the family.''

So Trimble, a vice president of public affairs for Qualcomm, got busy. She rounded up her crew to participate in last fall's Susan B. Komen three-mile run in Balboa Park. That stroll in the park for Trimble and 90 colleagues raised $36,000.

"For women having financial challenges, the Susan B. Komen organization can come in and help with everything,'' Trimble said. "They'll help get someone through surgery, get them to the subsequent treatments and really just become their support system.''

The organization is able to do so from funds raised by those with a big heart -- people like Trimble.

She salutes MLB for bringing the fight against breast cancer to the forefront. Sunday's players were decked out in pink to highlight Trimble's work by celebrating MLB's annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative.

"All the stuff MLB is doing is so important,'' Trimble said. "They've brought it out in every area of the games with the uniforms and what the teams have been doing.''

Trimble is doing her part. She adds that women of any financial means can contact Susan B. Komen at 2-1-1 for assistance in preventing and treating breast cancer.

"It's a very daunting process,'' Trimble said. "But the Komen organization can offer everything, even if you can't afford it. The resources they have are fantastic.''

So is Trimble.

Jay Paris is a contributor for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.