The Kansas City Royals held Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The club teamed up with Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness for the disease. Activities included a special first pitch, recognition for the honorary bat girl and select survivors were featured on the field.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure was launched in 1982 with a goal to bring a network of breast cancer survivors and activists together to fight to save lives and raise awareness for breast cancer. Since its inception, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $1 billion to fulfill this mission of fighting against breast cancer.
The 2017 honorary bat girl is BrieAnne Epke from Wichita. A pediatric nurse and mother of two, BrieAnne was diagnosed with breast and brain cancer after suffering a stroke. While recovering from brain surgery, 15 chemotherapy treatments and a double mastectomy, she became ill and had complications, eventually forcing her to spend over a week in the hospital and endure months of physical therapy. Now a part of the Young Survival Coalition, she will be participating in the 2017 YSC Tour de Pink in October, raising money for breast cancer awareness. On May 14, BrieAnne will be honored during a special on-field pregame presentation featuring breast cancer survivors affiliated with Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City.
For more information on Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City visit: http://komenkansascity.org/