Sunday will be a big day for Tammy Kestler, a mother of three from Glen Burnie. And not just because it’s Mother’s Day.
The Orioles, Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced Kestler as the O’s winner of the Honorary Bat Girl contest, a campaign to recognize incredible MLB fans who are going to bat against breast cancer in their daily lives.
Kestler, a one-year survivor of breast cancer, has served as team captain for her Young Survivors Group for Komen’s Race for the Cure. Kestler, whose group raised over $11,000 to help fight the disease, will be recognized in a special on-field ceremony Sunday, May 13, prior to the Orioles’ 1:35 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays and will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
One player from each major league club was deemed a representative on Mother’s Day, and most have personally experienced the effects that breast and other cancers have had on their families. The Orioles’ representative is right fielder Nick Markakis, whose mother survived breast cancer. In addition, the Orioles donated 200 tickets to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland supporters.