During Sunday’s Padres home game against the St. Louis Cardinals, a special Chula Vista mom will be celebrated on her special day.
Sandra Lopez will be an honorary bat girl on Mother’s Day at Petco Park, and will be recognized during the Padres pregame ceremonies in support of Major League Baseball’s annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative.
The MLB typically selects such honorees, but this year the Padres handpicked Lopez because of her will to battle.
In 2009, she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. The mother of three and sister to six siblings fought the disease with support from her family and eventually received a clean bill of health.
But after more than a year in remission, Lopez was re-diagnosed — this time with metastatic/stage IV breast cancer. The doctor gave her just five years to live.
Despite all the odds, she’s still very much alive. November will mark Team Lopez’s 10th year walking in the Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Race for the Cure. With over 100 teammates annually, Team Lopez has grown to be the largest non-corporate team in the Race for
the Cure: Between Team Lopez’s registration fees and fundraising activities, they have contributed over $50,000 to the fight against breast cancer, according to the MLB.
Lopez will be donning pink during Sunday’s game, and so will all of the MLB players on the field. Uniforms will include newly designed caps highlighted by a pink crown and team-color brim, while jerseys will feature a pink ribbon on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks is optional for every player, as is other equipment including pink bats.
The honorary bat girl program was introduced in 2009. The “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative raises awareness while also raising funds to support research, according to the MLB. For more information, visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.
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