As many of my readers know, my family is BIG into sports. We are now into the baseball season – with 5 months of practices, recreational team games, travel team games and tournaments, and All Star tournaments for our boys.
My oldest son’s team wears a pink ribbon patch on their travel/All Star uniforms. We have a team mom who is a breast cancer survivor — going into her 6th year cancer free! We have another mom who was diagnosed about 18 months ago and has gone through chemo, radiation and the host of indignities that every cancer patient suffers through. HOPE is a very important word to her.
The boys proudly wear the pink ribbon patch in support of their teammate’s mom who is currently fighting the battle. It reminds them that win or lose, there are things in life bigger than a baseball game.
I had recently been on a work trip to Louisville, KY. I visited the Louisville Slugger museum while there. During the tour of the factory, they told the story of the pink bats used on Mother’s Day throughout the Major League Baseball.
I was impressed with the Louisville Slugger company. When my Facebook newsfeed had a story from the Baltimore Orioles about the Honorary Bat Girl Contest on Mother’s Day co-sponsored by Major League Baseball and Louisville Slugger, I immediately thought of my baseball family. Without reading the details, I suggested the contest to the daughter of the mom currently in the fight.
Sarah Grace was very excited and wrote an essay about why she would like to be considered. Turns out you have to be 18 years old to be nominated to win. Sarah Grace is not yet in high school. Disappointed — but not discouraged — she immediately wrote a nomination for her mom.
I hope you will consider voting for any of the amazing women who have been nominated. You can search by baseball team to select someone local to you. But I also HOPE you’ll read the story of my fellow baseball mom Krista. You can vote for Krista here: http://bit.ly/VoteKristaMc
Sarah Grace is an amazing young lady. Her efforts to honor her mother and other breast cancer victims gives us the HOPE we all need.
Update on my No Runs. No Hits. No Mother. post:
My husband did get that Opening Day photo. He took it with our nice camera. He texted me that he got a picture of the boys and then e-mailed the picture to me while I was in Louisville.
It was a great picture:
When I got home from my trip, I took pictures at a game on Sunday. When I went to download the pictures, there was the original Opening Day picture. And a few more my husband hadn’t mentioned:
Most Valuable Husband. For sure.