Arlington, Texas— The Texas Rangers today announced Dana Jons, the team’s Director of Parking Services and a native of Arlington will represent the Rangers in support of the annual “Honorary Bat Girl” initiative, an effort commemorated each Mother’s Day to highlight extraordinary efforts to support the fight against breast cancer. Jons, who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to this cause, will be recognized before the game on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9, when the Texas Rangers host the Seattle Mariners at 1:35 p.m. at Globe Life Field.
Dana’s personal story is detailed below in her own words:
My name is Dana Jons, and I am the Director of Parking Services for the Texas Rangers. This is my 9th season with the Rangers organization. Before transitioning to the Texas Rangers front office, I spent 10 years as an Office Coordinator for the East Arlington Police District and served as an Army spouse for 20 years prior.
I was diagnosed in August 2020 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, HER2-positive breast cancer, in the peak of the pandemic. Due to the size of the tumor and the aggressiveness of the cancer, I was put on a rigorous chemotherapy treatment plan in October 2020 that lasted through January 2021. In March I had a successful surgery that removed what was left of the lump and learned that my lymph nodes were clear. Best news ever! In April I underwent 5 weeks of radiation and will continue with targeted therapy through the end of the year. I am confident that should complete my treatment plan.
I am very blessed to have an amazing husband, family and friends that have been so incredibly supportive throughout my treatment and recovery. My husband, George Jons, retired as a Captain in the US Army. He’s been teaching JROTC at Birdville High School for 18 years. My son, Kyle Jons, lives in Capistrano Beach, CA with his wife Amy, and my granddaughter Stella, who is 1 year old. My daughter, Kaleena Kelley, lives in Arlington with her husband Mark, and my granddaughter Aria, who is 3 years old.
I am grateful to my colleagues and the leadership within the Texas Rangers organization who have and continue to support me and my decision to work through my chemo treatments. Working has helped me, both physically and mentally, stay in the game. Knowing how easy it is to develop depression while undergoing chemotherapy, my job has given me the purpose to push through. Continuing to work gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning so I truly appreciate the Rangers for the opportunity and the support.
As has been tradition since 2006, players will continue to swing pink bats and sport pink wristbands in commemoration of the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is intended to raise awareness and funds, through donations and auction proceeds, to support efforts to address breast cancer. In recognition of this effort on Mother’s Day, players also will wear specially designed New Era caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim, while Club uniforms will feature the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, adorned with the symbolic pink ribbon, on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks made by Stance is optional for every player.
MLB players will continue to have the opportunity to use pink bats during Mother’s Day games. Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will also be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Komen and SU2C. In addition to the pink bats on Mother’s Day, the following game equipment can be used for breast cancer awareness: batting gloves, footwear, wrist/elbow/leg guards, and catcher’s equipment. The pink ribbon will also appear on the bases at each ballpark and the official dugout lineup cards. MLB will donate 100% of its royalties from sales of on-field Authentic Collection apparel with the MLB pink ribbon logo to Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen.