Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced the winners of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize inspirational MLB fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. The winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Tampa Bay Rays is Cauney Bamberg.
Cauney Bamberg is a force to be reckoned with. She is a wonderful mother and wife, a fierce friend, and an important advocate for her community. She is a no-nonsense leader with a great sense of humor who seems to know someone anywhere she goes. After bringing together 200 of her closest friends to join the Inaugural Polk Race for the Cure planning committee, and organizing a most successful event, it seemed mired with irony that Cauney would be diagnosed with Stage I invasive breast cancer. At 45, everything about Cauney having breast cancer seemed wrong to us. She was too young and too vivacious to have breast cancer. She was already an advocate for survivors and sang the praises of annual mammograms and early detection. While friends and family reeled from her diagnosis, Cauney never skipped a beat. After her surgery and through her radiation treatments, Cauney continued to Chair the 2nd Annual Polk Race, work at her actual job, and raise her family. She brought a renewed energy and a new perspective to the 2nd Annual Race Planning Committee. We are so thankful that her breast cancer was caught early and she continues to inspire our efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.
The program was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative, a joint partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, taking place on Mother's Day.