Rest in Peace, Mariners 2012 Honorary Bat Girl Nancy Haunty
The Mariners learned some sad news on Friday. The 2012 Honorary Bat Girl, Nancy Haunty of Shoreline, has lost her long battle with breast cancer.
Haunty was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002. Over the years, she endured surgeries, rounds of chemo therapy, remissions and a Stage IV diagnosis in 2009. In 2012, Haunty learned that the cancer had spread to her brain, as well as liver, lungs and spine.
Haunty spent a special day at Safeco Field on May 21. She spent time on field pregame with former Mariners manager Eric Wedge and threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners met the Texas Rangers.
Through it all, Haunty maintained an upbeat outlook on life, continued to work and volunteered for local organizations that help breast cancer survivors with financial assistance, caring baskets and group physical activities.
She even chronicled the ups and downs of her fight in the honest and often touching blog By Nancy’s Side. The blog now has information about her passing and June celebration of life.
The Honorary Bat Girl is a program developed by Major League Baseball to honor a breast cancer survivor for each Major League team in May of each year.