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MLB, Red Sox, celebrate Mother's Day by raising breast cancer awareness

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 8, 2011 09:05 AM

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Major league players will wear pink ribbons on their uniforms today, Motherís Day, to increase awareness of breast cancer. Many players also will use pink bats and wear pink wristbands.

The honorary bat girl for the Red Sox will be Amy Seich of Canton. She lost her father to cancer in 1977 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 at age 32. Seich underwent a mastectomy, reconstruction, and nine months of chemotherapy and now has been cancer-free for 20 years.

She is one of 30 honorary bat girls chosen by a panel that included Sox pitcher Jon Lester, a cancer survivor.

Breast cancer survivor Kathy Hart will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before another survivor, Maria Santiago, will announce ďplay ball.íí Fans will be allowed to walk around the warning track after the game, with all mothers receiving carnations from the team.

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A very happy Mother's Day to my mom, too. I would not be sitting at Fenway Park today if not for her willingness to drive me around to events when I was a high school kid working for The Standard-Times in New Bedford.

Don't forget to give your Mom a call.

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