Mariners Honorary Bat Girl
It was quite a Mother’s Day for 32-year old Kimberly Fugere of Renton. She got a personalize Mariners jersey, met Dustin Ackley and Brandon Maurer, oh, and she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners vs. Oakland A’s game on Sunday.
Fugere is the Mariners 2013 Honorary Bat Girl, one of 30 across Major League Baseball. Kimberly is also a breast cancer survivor. Two years ago, the 32-year old Fugere was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. In the years since, it has spread to her brain and lungs. Two months ago, she underwent brain surgery.
Through it all, Fugere maintains a prositive outlook and is focused on getting well and being a wife to husband Ross and mom to her two children, ages six and three.
The Mariners and Major League Baseball are proud to salute Kimberly Fugere, and all those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced by MLB in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day.
The pink Louisville Slugger bats used by players in Sunday’s game will be auctioned off on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. And fans can order their own hot-pink Louisville Slugger at shop.mlb.com or sluggergifts.com.