Honorary Bat Girl Remembered
The Mariners got some sad news yesterday. 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Kimberly Fugere lost her five year battle against breast cancer. Kimberly was just 35.
Her story was movingly told in this story by MLB.com’s Greg Johns.
Kimberly leaves behind her husband, Ross, and two young children, Emeline (8) and Dallin (5). A GoFundMe account has been established in their names.
Kimberly’s father Jim Greenman nominated her for Honorary Bat Girl, a Major League Baseball program that raises awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. In his nomination, he described her as a fighter who had a rough start to life. She suffered a stroke before her birth which left her with brain damage and cerebral palsy. Doctors told her parents that Kimberly would never walk and that they should consider institutionalizing her.
But Kimberly defied the diagnosis. She went on to receive a college degree, marry her college sweetheart and start a family.
In 2011, Kimberly was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, a disease that had claimed her mother a year earlier. She also lost her great grandfather, grandmother and aunt to cancer, and doctors learned that Kimberly and three of her siblings inherited a gene that makes them more vulnerable to developing cancer.
In the face of all life’s challenges, Kimberly’s greatest desire was to be a wife and mother, and according to her dad Jim, “She fulfilled that calling with all of her heart.”