Braves to recognize Honorary Bat Girl

Braves to recognize Honorary Bat Girl

CHICAGO -- Suzanne Osborne understands the destructive nature of breast cancer. She and her mother simultaneously battled the disease until it claimed her mother's life in 2010.

But through all of this, Osborne has continued to inspire others to understand the significance of fighting against this disease. Her dedication has provided her the opportunity to serve as the Honorary Bat Girl for her beloved Braves at a game later this month.

Major League Baseball announced Osborne as one of the 30 winners of this year's Honorary Bat Girl Program, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment of "Going to Bat" in the fight against the disease. 

Osborne will be recognized later this month because the Braves are not home on Sunday, when MLB promotes the fight against breast cancer in conjunction with Mother's Day. Each of the 30 honorees will participate in pregame activities, be recognized during an on-field ceremony, receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game.

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was among the Guest Judging Panel that selected this year's honorees. Heyward has had multiple relatives afflicted with different forms of cancer. One of his aunts lost a battle with lung cancer.

"I like to help with anything related to any form of cancer," Heyward said. "I know some people like to pinpoint it because they have their own testimonies based on experience.  But for me, any time I can be a part of it somehow, it has its own sentimental meaning."