Melisa Palacios Named Brewers Honorary Bat Girl
Major League Baseball recently announced the winners of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease. Winners were selected to represent each of the 30 MLB Clubs and many were recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Mother’s Day.
Since the Brewers were on the road in Cincinnati last Sunday, we were pleased to recognize our Honorary Bat Girl–Melisa Palacios— in a pregame ceremony this morning, prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Padres game.
Fans from across the United States and in Canada shared inspirational stories of hope and motivation in their experiences in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they, or their nominees, should represent their favorite team.
Here was the nomination for Palacios:
“We would like to recognize her outstanding efforts in raising awareness of breast cancer and giving comfort, knowledge and joy to those affected with this disease. Breast cancer first hit home for Melisa’s family when one of her husband’s relatives was diagnosed. Little did they know how personal breast cancer would be in their life. Since the 1st diagnosis in the family Melisa and her husband have been creating breast cancer awareness clothing to sell. They donate the profits to the All Saints Cancer Center in Racine. It has been a very successful venture giving thousands of dollars to a worthy cause. In 2013 Melisa’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2014 Melisa was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through surgery and chemo treatment Melisa stayed strong and came back stronger. She continued to be there for her family and help support others. She was the first responder to help others through this long, hard journey with advice, dinners or a shoulder to cry on. Melisa is a fighter for herself, our co‐workers and anyone else afflicted with breast cancer. Melisa uses her experience and knowledge to help others. She has recently started a support group, Pink Ladies Palace, where breast cancer fighters and survivors communicate and share their stories and experiences. She has joined the dragon boat team, Pink Paddling Power. Melisa didn’t just survive her battle she became a warrior for the fight. We believe her selfless acts of kindness and work should be recognized. It is staggering how the efforts of one person can truly make the difference for so many people. Melisa is committed to a lifetime to fight the battle of breast cancer. Melisa does all of this with a smile on her face and an appreciation for life. Melisa is one of those people that just don’t go through life blindly they make a difference in many lives along the way.”
The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including special guest judges, who chose the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal (as determined by online fan votes). Health & wellness expert and star of Just Jillian on E! Network, Jillian Michaels, as well as Gregor Blanco of the San Francisco Giants, Robinson Chirinos of the Texas Rangers, Zach Duke of the Chicago White Sox; Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles, Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets, Jeremy Jeffress of the Milwaukee Brewers,Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Taijuan Walker of the Seattle Mariners, Jered Weaverof the Los Angeles Angels, Sam Ryan & Chris Rose of MLB Network and Lindsay Berra & Alyson Footer of MLB.com served as guest judges for the contest. Michaels is an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel also wore the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Players wore specially-designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Clubs’ regular logos. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards were also pink. Games featured a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also used pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, were stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother’s Day games are being auctioned exclusively on MLB.com/auction to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.