A Mason couple, both breast cancer survivors, were honored by the Cincinnati Reds at Sunday's Mother's Day game as the winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest.
"What I'm saying today is three strikes and cancer's out of here," said Patty Stump after she and her husband, Mike Shroder, were honored on the field in a pre-game ceremony. They also received complimentary game tickets for their family, commemorative Reds jerseys and pink wrist bands.
Mike is the first male breast cancer survivor to receive the Major League Baseball honor. He and Patty have now both overcome the disease.
The couple was nominated by Josie Shuler, the winner of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl contest. Here is an excerpt from the winning submission to HonoraryBatGirl.com:
Mike and Patty are both breast cancer survivors, a rarity in the medical world according to the UC Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society. In 2006, Mike was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it. Then a year and a half later, Patti received a breast cancer diagnosis. After four years cancer free, Patty was diagnosed with cancer once again, but she fought it. Mike and Patty both continue to fight the disease through fundraising and volunteerism for Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Major League Baseball has announced the 31 winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.
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