MLB announced the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl winners which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.The Honorary Bat Girl representing the Mets is Nicole Malato. Congratulations Nicole from all of us here at RDM. Below Nicole tells us a little bit about herself.
I am Nicole Malato: life-long Mets fan & breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in May 2011. I continue to fight. I will likely be in treatment for the rest of my life. I have always tried to make the best of every situation. Cancer is no exception. You might say it's the Major League equivalent of staying positive through challenges. I apply what I learned being a Mets fan to my cancer battle. For example: • You gotta believe! • You win some, you lose some • The game can change right up until the last out in the bottom of the 9th, so never give up • Assembling a team that works collectively is critical to success. My team includes the best medical staff, family & friends around Despite my battle, I try to help others by writing. I have a blog about my cancer journey at http://nmalato.blogspot.com and wrote a book called "When Life Hands You Pink Lemons". It is a guide to other women going through breast cancer. It shares practical tips to help others manage treatment. Being to support others helps me make sense of a disease that is senseless. Seeing it has touched the lives of other beautiful women brings me joy! Being chosen as the honorary bat girl would thrill me, and would delight my 4 year old son, a young, passionate Mets fan. He loves watching games and wearing #5 jersey. He would be so excited to see his mommy on the field. I am proud to be a cancer survivor & a Mets fan. I may have traded in my ball cap for a wig & a pink ribbon, but I bleed Mets blue!