A Fountain Valley woman diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 1997 will be the Los Angeles Dodgers honorary bat girl Sunday, part of Major League Baseball’s “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative.
Carla Cammack will throw an honorary first pitch before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. She will also receive an engraved Louisville Slugger pink bat, a commemorative jersey and other gifts.
The Dodgers will also recognize Diana Reveles-Calzada of Oxnard, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and Isabel Guillen of Boyle Heights, a breast cancer survivor who started the nonprofit organization Chavelyta’s PinkHOOD to help families affected by the disease.
MLB began the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009 to support the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which seeks to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. It is traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day.
During games on Mother’s Day, players will wear newly designed caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim. Club uniforms will feature a pink ribbon on the left chest.
A matching pair of pink socks is optional for every player.
During batting practice and in the dugouts throughout Sunday’s games, players and managers can also wear new, grey, lightweight hoodies emblazoned with their team’s wordmark and the MLB logo in a matching pink design.
Many players will use pink bats. Pink Louisville Slugger bats will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Players can also wear pink compression sleeves, batting gloves, footwear, wrist/elbow/leg guards and catcher’s equipment.
Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from the sale of the pink bats to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.
Susan G. Komen describes itself as the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer.
Stand Up to Cancer is an effort to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly.
Cammack had a routine mammogram in 1997 that detected a lump that turned out to be stage three breast cancer. Her treatment included two surgeries a week apart, nine months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation.
Cammack was at the bedside of her dearest friend as she received the last rites at the end of a seven-year battle with stage four breast cancer.
Cammack promised her friend that she would use her example of strength and courage to inspire others.
Her friend’s death helped Cammack decide to undergo a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction
Cammack has been volunteering with Susan G. Komen for 20 years. She served on the Board of Directors for six years and race chair for the Race for the Cure for three years. She is also part of the Survivor Advisory Committee
Cammack has raised more than $300,000 in personal pledge donations and is Susan G. Komen’s all-time top fundraiser.