Shoreline Woman Is Mariners Honorary Bat Girl

When you think that your life is filled with challenges, think about what someone like Nancy Haunty has been through over the last 10-years.

Haunty, of Shoreline, is the Seattle Mariners Honorary Bat Girl, part of Major League Baseball’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition to raise awareness and support for MLB’s Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative.

Haunty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. After successful surgery and treatment, Haunty’s cancer went into remission until 2007, when she had a mastectomy on her affected breast, six months of chemotherapy, then a second mastectomy on her unaffected breast, and then reconstructive surgery.

Haunty was cancer-free for two more years until 2009 when  she got her “most significant and serious diagnosis,”—Stage Four cancer that had spread to her liver, lungs and spine. Although not in full remission, Haunty says she has responded well to the treatment.

Earlier this year, she learned that she had a brain tumor. A couple of weeks ago, Haunty had Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. The goal, says Haunty, is for the radiation to dissolve the tumor over time. She’ll have a scan in a few weeks to see how well the procedure has worked.

Nancy Haunty is the Mariners 2012 Honorary Bat Girl.

In spite of the many surgeries, treatments and recurrences of cancer, Haunty has maintained a positive attitude with the love and support of her husband Jake, family and friends. Haunty continues to work fulltime at the University of Washington and she volunteers with organizations that help breast cancer survivors. She chronicles her on-going fight against cancer in the honest and often touching blog http://bynancysside.blogspot.com/.

Because the Mariners are in New York to play the Yankees on Mother’s Day, May 13, Haunty will be honored at Safeco Field on Monday, May 21, the Mariners first game back after a long road trip. Haunty will participate in a pregame ceremony, decked out in her personalized pink Mariners jersey. Accompanying Haunty will be her husband Jake, friend Kelly West, who nominated her, and her in-laws, who are flying in from Ohio for the special event.

Haunty says the timing of her honor was perfect, coming shortly after latest diagnosis. “We were feeling pretty beat up with the latest progression to the brain. I felt so happy and excited. It’s a total honor and I’m so excited,” said Haunty.

- RH

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