On May 16, the Tigers and Major League Baseball (MLB) partnered to go to bat against breast cancer. The Tigers and MLB donated over 1,300 tickets to breast cancer survivors who were registered for the Race for the Cure, volunteers and their families to attend the game. Over 230 breast cancer survivors from the Race for the Cure were recognized on field in a pregame ceremony prior to the National Anthem.
The Detroit Tigers also hosted the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl, Corrie Thornburgh who was selected through an online contest at tigers.com to recognize inspirational MLB fans that have been affected by breast cancer & demonstrated a commitment to the cause. The Tigers provided complimentary game tickets for her and her family, the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and throw the ceremonial first pitch. The Detroit Tigers and MLB also invited each Honorary Bat Girl nominee and their families to attend the Breast Health Awareness game courtesy of the Detroit Tigers and MLB.
The Detroit Tigers continued their partnership with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Detroit Race for the Cure is an annual 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk starting and finishing at Comerica Park to raise funds for research to end breast cancer forever. A group of Tigers Wives and front office staff along with family and friends formed a team to support the Race for the Cure. The Tiger Wives also presented the "Tigers Wives Rookie of the Year" award to recognize the largest new team to register for the Race. The team will be treated to a Tigers game during the 2012 regular season.
Making stops at various locations throughout the city of Detroit, the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Truck along with a group of Tigers Wives, served food to the hungry and homeless. The truck runs everyday to serve those in need, and for this trip Kristina Avila, wife of Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Carrie Kelly, wife of Tigers utility man Donnie Kelly, participated in the charitable work.