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05/08/2009 12:35 PM ET
Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure announce 'Honorary Bat Girl' winners
Each will be honored in ballparks around the country; Hundreds of players will use pink bats during Mother's Day games
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Major League Baseball (MLB) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure today announced the winners of the 'Honorary Bat Girl' contest, a campaign to recognize incredible MLB fans who are going to bat against breast cancer in their daily lives. Fifteen home Clubs will host their 'Honorary Bat Girl' during scheduled Mother's Day celebrations; visiting Clubs on Mother's Day will select another date in May to recognize their 'Honorary Bat Girl.' The initiative was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual 'Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer' program, a joint program between MLB and Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization.

"We are proud to honor these brave and inspiring people who are supporting the fight against breast cancer," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "As a social institution, Major League Baseball is making every attempt to raise awareness about the disease while recognizing the men and women living with its effects. We salute the 'Honorary Bat Girls' as they help us celebrate Mother's Day in this very special way."

"Major League Baseball's involvement and support over the years has been vital in enabling us to move forward in our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever," said Katrina McGhee, vice president, global partnerships at Komen for the Cure. "All of the 'Honorary Bat Girls' and Contest participants are a living testament to the power of one person making a difference and inspiring others to take action."

On April 14, MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure launched an online search to find an 'Honorary Bat Girl' for each Club. Fans from across the country have been sharing their stories of inspiration and hope and how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer. More than 1,000 testimonials were submitted online at MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, by breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters of the cause, and one winner per Club was selected by a panel of judges and nearly 2.2 million fan votes.

On Mother's Day (May 10, 2009), hundreds of Major League Baseball players will use pink bats produced by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo. Many players also will wear pink wristbands and the symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on player uniforms, as well as on all on-field personnel. Dugout lineup cards also will be pink. In addition to promotional support, Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats will be auctioned off on MLB.com at a later date to raise additional funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com or www.slugger.com, with $10 from the sale of each bat benefiting Komen for the Cure.

One player from each Club will be a representative on Mother's Day, and most have personally experienced the effects breast cancer and other cancers have had on their families. These players include Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P Jered Weaver (mother survived breast cancer), Houston Astros 1B Lance Berkman (aunt survived breast cancer) and Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (mother survived breast cancer).

Several MLB players and MLB Network talent were part of a celebrity panel that took part in voting for 'Honorary Bat Girl' winners. New York Yankees 1B/OF Nick Swisher is an advocate of fighting all forms of cancer, and in 2007, grew his hair out to donate it to create free wigs for women dealing with hair loss from cancer treatment. Today, Swisher continues to participate in the on-field activities of MLB's "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer." MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams' mother survived breast cancer, and he is involved in helping charities associated with the disease. MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac's mother recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. Berkman and Markakis also were part of the celebrity panel.

Major League Baseball Health Initiatives
The Mother's Day "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" program is one of several cancer-related initiatives supported by Major League Baseball. Other initiatives include Stand Up To Cancer, an organization whose mission is to establish and fund focused and intense cancer research in an effort to effect cancer advances as rapidly as possible through a new and unique funding scientific funding model; the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge which helps increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money towards the search for a cure as part of Major League Baseball Father's Day activities; the "One A Day Men's presents MLB Strikeout Prostate Cancer Challenge" is a joint initiative between MLB and Bayer HealthCare's One A Day Multivitamins, who donate $10 for every strikeout thrown throughout the regular and postseason to the Prostate Cancer Foundation; and Play Sun Smart, a league-wide, season-long skin cancer awareness program in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.3 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Following 15 people submitted winning entries for the 'Honorary Bat Girl' contest. (Clubs in alphabetical order):

CLUBCONTEST WINNERHOMETOWN
Arizona DiamondbacksAnne FairchildChino Valley, AZ
Baltimore OriolesCathy GreerHollywood, MD
Boston Red SoxDorothy MucciaroneWalpole, MA
Chicago White SoxMary MurphyGurnee, IL
Cincinnati RedsTraci ClancyFlorence, KY
Cleveland IndiansJennifer TorokTwinsburg, OH
Colorado RockiesRev. Kathy Bird DeYoung  Aurora, CO
Houston AstrosKarissa MaPhoenix, AZ
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  David HultquistOrange, CA
Los Angeles DodgersGregg GarfinkelNorthridge, CA
Milwaukee BrewersJill NewmanMilwaukee, WI
Minnesota TwinsAnn ParriottNorth Oaks, MN
New York MetsPatricia ColellaAstoria, NY
Oakland AthleticsCourtney LeBoeufSan Francisco, CA
Philadelphia PhilliesKathy AbelMarlton, NJ
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