Katherine Evans Davidson from Lindsay has been selected as the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Davidson, who has stage four breast cancer, is one of 30 winners of Major League Baseball’s 2017 Honorary Bat Girl contest announced on Thursday (May 4).
Davidson’s husband Keith nominated her for the Blue Jays’ Honorary Bat Girl with the following entry:
A long-time fan, Davidson will have the opportunity to represent the Blue Jays, receive pink merchandise, and will be recognized during the pregame ceremonies on Mother’s Day, when the Blue Jays take on the Seattle Mariners at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
— Katie Evans Davidson (@LovlyKatieLumps) April 26, 2016
As her husband’s nomination relates, despite facing a terminal disease, Davidson is very open about her breast cancer and supports others, all the while maintaining a sense of humour and positivity both on her Twitter account @LovlyKatieLumps and her blog at lovelykatielumps.blogspot.ca.
Davidson shares photos of herself undergoing treatment — always with a smile on her face — and often uses the hashtag #LifeOfAFourthStager to tag her tweets.
The Honorary Bat Girl Contest recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and have demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease. One winner was selected for each of Major League Baseball club by a panel of guest judges (including Brenda Song, star of the TV series Pure Genius and Uzo Aduba, star of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black, both of whom are Stand Up To Cancer ambassadors) and an online public vote at HonoraryBatGirl.com.
Major League Baseball introduced the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day.
Along with the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl winners, Major League Baseball also announced that pink bats will be swung over a full Mother’s Day weekend for the first time. Players will have the opportunity to use pink bats on both Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 (Mothers Day). Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer, as part of an overall fundraising effort that continues well beyond that weekend.
— Katie Evans Davidson (@LovlyKatieLumps) April 14, 2017
Players and on-field personnel will also wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniform along with pink wristbands. Players will wear specially designed uniforms that incorporate pink into each club’s regular logo as well as caps highlighted by a graphite crown and pink visor and options from two pairs of pink-infused socks. Major League Baseball will also be donating its licensed uniform royalties to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.
Authenticated game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother’s Day Weekend games will be auctioned exclusively on auctions.mlb.comn to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about the Honorary Bat Girl contest and to see the stories of all 30 winners, visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.