Astros looking for Honorary Bat Girl…send us your story.

One of the best days of the season, in my humble opinion, is the day that Major League Baseball celebrates Mother’s Day.

Not only is it fun to watch players wear pink wristbands and shoelaces and swing pink bats, it’s all for a great cause, raising millions for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Again this year, Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are scouring the country looking for Honorary Bat Girl candidates to represent their home town teams this Mother’s Day.

If your life has been personally affected by this terrible disease, please consider submitting a 900-word-or-less essay and photo to be the Astros’ Honorary Bat Girl. The deadline is April 14.

Mother’s Day is on May 8, which will be a road game for the Astros, but Major League Baseball will select another date to honor the winner.

Here is a sample entry, submitted by Karissa Ma, the contest winner in 2009. When diagnosed with breast cancer on March 2, 2005, at age 30, Ma, who had undergone six surgeries, watched virtually every Astros game in the pennant-winning ’05 season. And, despite feeling ill and losing all of her hair as a result of the chemotherapy treatments, she attended all of the Astros’ postseason home games that season.


“During the 2005 season, they were not only my favorite team, but also an escape from the hospitals and doctors,” Ma wrote. “On Opening Day 2005, I attended the game having just been released two days prior from my first mastectomy and still had my drains attached. My husband thought I was crazy, but to me, this was a way to bring some normalcy to our lives.

“Every Friday night we had ‘date night’ at MD Anderson [Cancer Center]. This was my weekly chemo treatment, but we also watched our Astros and again, it helped us cope.

“While I am still receiving treatment, I am unable to be a mom. However, I know in my heart I will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day soon. Until that day, I share Mother’s Day with the Astros, watching them with their pink bats. Every day I bat against breast cancer by my countless hours of volunteering with the Komen Foundation and speaking to young women about it.”


Just wanted to update: I AM A MOM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God blessed with a daughter in September 2011. Thank you to MLB and The Houston Astros for helping raise awareness about breast cancer.

That is such wonderful news, Karissa. You are an inspiration! Thank you for the update and give the little one a squeeze, from your Astros.

She has her Astros cheer leading outfit ready to go for this season! Will do!


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