"It's so awesome," Lima said. "It's totally unbelievable, this is such a big experience in my life. I've never been selected for any such thing prior to this. I'm excited that Major League Baseball and the Marlins are thinking about breast cancer."
A resident of Pembroke Pines in Broward County, Fla., Lima was diagnosed with the disease in 2004. On Sunday, she participated in a pregame ceremony prior to the Marlins facing the Braves at Marlins Park.
Louisville Slugger is donating proceeds from the sales of their pink bats to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. Each bat is stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. MLB also will donate its licensed uniform royalties through Mother's Day apparel to the same cause. Also as part of the pregame ceremony, the Marlins donated $10,000 to Sylvester Cancer.
A registered nurse for 30 years, Lima is using her platform as Honorary Bat Girl to tell her story and remind those of how impactful the disease is.
"I am honored to have been selected," she said. "I am a breast cancer survivor."
Also taking part in the pregame ceremony was Marlins reliever Nick Wittgren, whose mother, Lisa, is a breast cancer survivor. Wittgren's grandmother, who passed away from lung cancer in 2016, also dealt with breast cancer.
"It runs in my family," Wittgren said. "Everyone out there supporting it. If there's anything we can do to help out with it, it's much appreciated."
To Wittgren, the cause touches home, and in 2016, he presented his mother with a gift after the season.
That year, the pink shoes, jersey and cap he wore on Mother's Day were put into a display that Wittgren personally delivered to his mother after the season.
"I told [the team], anything with breast cancer, I'll gladly, always help out on, no matter what," Wittgren said.