PITTSBURGH -- Angie Thompson, who never stopped being a full-time mom while waging a successful fight against breast cancer, has been chosen as the Pirates' Honorary Bat Girl for Mother's Day festivities this Sunday at PNC Park. Thompson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 while pregnant with her and husband Toby's third child. Even while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and with her husband's assistance, she continued taking the kids to all their activities and looking after their education. A lifelong Pirates fan, Thompson now is cancer free.
Like Major League Baseball's other 29 Honorary Bat Girls, Thompson will take part in Sunday's pregame activities, including recognition in an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the Pirates' game against Houston. MLB initiated the Honorary Bat Girl Contest in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative the sport celebrates on Mother's Day.