05/04/2010 3:43 PM ET
Ballard woman chosen as Seattle Mariners Honorary Bat Girl
Faye Cluckey, a breast cancer survivor, chosen by celebrity panel and online vote
Faye Cluckey of Ballard is no stranger to cancer. Since 1986, she has helped her younger sister through treatments for bladder cancer and two bouts of breast cancer. Her beloved dog Tinker Bell also was treated for breast cancer. And last spring, because of Tinker Bell's insistent pawing at Faye's chest, she went for a mammogram and was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.
As a cancer survivor and life-long baseball fan, Faye Cluckey was chosen as the Seattle Mariners Honorary Bat Girl. She will be recognized on Sunday, May 9 during a presentation prior to the Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game (1:10pm first pitch). Cluckey is one of 30 winners of the Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure contest to recognize inspirational fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause.
Cluckey, who will celebrate her 72nd birthday on Sunday, is a life-long baseball fan who travels to Arizona every other year for Seattle Mariners Spring Training. Because of her experiences with her sister's battle with bladder cancer, breast cancer and now bone cancer, her own diagnosis in 2009, and her beloved dog Tinker Bell's cancer surgery, Cluckey has vowed to help educate all women about the importance of self examination.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was developed to raise awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative, a joint partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization.
Hundreds of Major League Baseball players, including members of the Mariners and Angels lineups, will use pink bats on Sunday produced by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo. Many players also will wear pink wristbands and the symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on player uniforms, as well as on all on-field personnel.
For the second consecutive year, MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure launched an online search to find an Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB Clubs. Since February, fans from across the country have been sharing their stories of inspiration and hope, and how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer. Nearly 1,000 testimonials were submitted online at MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, by breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters of the cause, and one winner per Club was selected by a celebrity panel of judges and over four million fan votes.
An All-Star cast served as celebrity judges on a blue ribbon panel for the 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest including Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos; Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; MLB All-Star Pitchers Brian Wilson, CC Sabathia, John Lackey and Jake Peavy; and MLB Network's Trenni Kusnierek and Mitch Williams.
Each Honorary Bat Girl will have an opportunity to take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to their Club's Mother's Day celebration game.
In 2009, Komen for the Cure provided funds for almost 500,000 breast screenings and for treatment and support programs in 1,900 communities nationwide and around the world, along with funding more than $60 million in research.
In addition to promotional support, Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats will be auctioned off on MLB.com at a later date to raise additional funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com or www.slugger.com, with $10 from the sale of each bat benefiting Komen for the Cure.