Donna Person-Smith of Graham will serve as the Mariners’ honorary bat girl for Sunday’s game against Kansas City at Safeco Field in recognition of her recovery from breast cancer.
Major League Baseball started the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009 in an effort to raise awareness regarding breast cancer. It centers its activities on Mother’s Day.
Person-Smith submitted this resume in seeking to be the Mariners’ honorary bat girl:
“Three years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43. I had mammograms and they never detected the tumors. I went in for a breast reduction and when they tested the tissue removed, they found my cancer — it was nothing short of a miracle that my cancer was found and at stage 1.
“I had to undergo a double mastectomy and I take tamoxifen daily, but I am very, very lucky. I want to also share my mother's story — after I was diagnosed, my mother was diagnosed just a few months later with a very aggressive form of breast cancer.
“She had surgeries, two types of chemo, and infusions for a year. But she, too, is healthy. We are both so lucky to have had our cancer diagnosed at an early stage. I was blessed with a phenomenal team of doctors at Virginia Mason in Seattle.”