John H. Fetting, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. He is also a member of the Miller‐Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced league-wide in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In nine years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and hundreds of individuals have been honored.
In 2018, MLB Clubs each selected their respective Honorary Bat Girl based upon the honoree's personal connection to breast cancer; demonstration of commitment to the battle through education, awareness, fundraising or additional efforts and awareness; and demonstration of substantial local community impact.
We celebrate the spirit and efforts of the following 2018 honorees.
Lindsay Northrop is a two‐time breast cancer survivor and is proud and honored to support the 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. As a member of Team Northrop, she and her immediate family were the top fundraisers for the event, raising over $9,000 to support breast cancer related research and initiatives.
Esther E. Sciammarella has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and has been involved in clinical therapy, mental health service delivery and community support and residential services for refugees and mentally ill clients.
"I'm sorry to tell you this but…" and the rest of the conversation was just a blur. This was May 27, 2015. I was diagnosed with breast cancer based on the early detection of my first-ever mammogram at age 40. No symptoms, no family history…completely blindsided.
When I was 28 years old, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It deeply affected me. She is the matriarch of our family. It was difficult watching her go through treatment. She is a survivor and I am so very proud of her.
I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. My journey began in the 1950s when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a strong, positive, courageous fighter and was the "human test" for all the new breast cancer drugs at Baylor College of Medicine in the '60s.
Mila Ellsworth, a local standout softball player and coaching legend for over 17 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2015 at the age of 36. At diagnosis, she was found to have a BRCA 1 mutation and underwent chemotherapy, surgery and had her reproductive organs removed.
Anne is honored to be the Honorary Bat Girl for the Angels and their representative in the battle against breast cancer. For the past 35 years, Anne has practiced as an occupational therapist to help children with special needs in Orange County.
My journey with breast cancer began on a beautiful sunny winter day. It was December 26, 2017. I had just had a wonderful Christmas holiday with my loving family.
My name is Rosa Lapaix and in June of 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I was only 35 years old at that time.
Tina Baker is the A's 2018 Honorary Bat Girl. Tina attended her first MLB game in 1988 following a move to California from Oregon. From that moment, she was hooked on baseball and especially the A's. Tina has now been a loyal A's Season Ticket Member for over 25 years.
In February of 2018, Yvette's husband Brock prompted her to schedule a mammogram, her first in five years. (Brock's sister was currently receiving treatment for breast cancer, so he wanted Yvette to get screened too.)
Willie Mae Footman was born in Monticello, Florida, on September 30, 1949. "We learned to share mom with everyone else," Loretta Smith said while describing how much kids in the community love her mother. She has been happily married with her husband, Andrew Footman, for 53 years.
Meg Miller is a mom, a sister, a teacher, a daughter, a friend and a wife. She and her husband, Tony, will celebrate their 18th anniversary this summer. Despite being only 40 years old, Meg celebrated another significant anniversary this year: her five‐year survivor anniversary.
Kim MacDonald is an award‐winning broadcaster who's been bringing Canadians their weather for 20 years on The Weather Network. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and calls Hamilton, Ontario, home.
This year marks seven years as a breast cancer survivor for Mary McGonegle. Currently, she has two family members, her brother and his wife, who are battling cancer, each of a different kind. Her sister‐in‐law has Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and her brother has lymphoma.
Paige Harris has worked for the Cobb County School District for 26 years with the last 17 of those as the Media Specialist at Pine Mountain Middle School. On October 4 of last year, Paige was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Kristin was diagnosed two weeks before her 36th birthday. She is the Director of the Health Department for the Village of Rosemont and a nurse.
Carrie K. Hayden is a wife, mother, grandmother, community volunteer and a two‐time cancer survivor. She was first diagnosed in 1986 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma two weeks after her third child was born. She was successfully treated with surgery and Upper Mantle Radiation.
With Susan G. Komen and the WWE and Dana Warrior, I was honored on smackdown as a survivor. It was fun to do but I really hope it brings awareness to women of all ages.
Carla Cammack is a 20‐year survivor of Stage 3 breast cancer. A routine mammogram in 1997 detected a lump that turned out to be Stage 3 breast cancer. Her treatment included two surgeries a week apart, nine months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation.
I have been a registered nurse for 30 years with many different roles along the way. Previously, I worked in the ER, ophthalmology, surgery, disease case management and also acted as the Director of Nursing.
ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, an organization founded in Milwaukee that creates highly personalized connections between breast cancer survivors (Mentors) and patients, families and friends who need support, is thrilled to nominate breast cancer survivor Nichole Kutmas as the Brewers' 2018 Honorary Bat Girl!
I underwent a lumpectomy in 2006 and had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy after oral chemotherapy in 2012. In 2014 I founded The Breast Cancer Comfort Foundation after having surgery and realizing the need for comfort and compassion as you recover from treatment.
When I discovered a lump in my breast just before Thanksgiving 2016, I wanted to wish it away. But, of course I called my doctor and went through a dizzying array of scans and consultations before being sent on a course of treatment that included a lumpectomy followed by chemotherapy.
Dana Gorajewski is happy to be able to celebrate Mother's Day this year after a yearlong battle with Stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. Enduring seven months of chemotherapy treatments and three surgeries, she is proud to say that she is a cancer survivor!
In 2009, Sandra Lopez was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. The mother of three and sister to six siblings battled the disease with support from her family to receive a clean bill of health.
The San Francisco Giants are happy to honor Helen Hughes Struck as their Honorary Bat Girl. In late 2014, at 35 years old and as a new mother of a 16-month-old girl, Helen was diagnosed with an aggressive form of invasive breast cancer.
Breast cancer entered Kathy Koke's life in October 2011. During a routine annual mammogram, physicians found a lump. She had no family history and had no reason to believe that the disease would find her. The diagnosis left her in shock but she knew she was a fighter.
Thelma D. Jones is an award-winning community activist, breast cancer survivor, advocate and founder and board chair of the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund. Diagnosed in 2007 with a rare (unknown primary), late-stage and aggressive form of breast cancer (HER2+), her treatment regimen included chemotherapy, surgery (lumpectomy) and radiation.