KANSAS CITY -- Susan Wayne Krigel, a breast cancer survivor, has been named the winner of the Royals Honorary Bat Girl Contest and will be recognized on the field at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday as part of the Mother's Day awareness celebration.
Krigel and winners from the other 29 teams were selected for Major League Baseball and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure by a celebrity panel of judges and a half-million fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com powered by MLB.com.
At 47 while working for the Cancer Information Service and in the clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Krigel was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her first year of graduate school included several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and her daughter's wedding.
Six years later, she is now finishing her internship at the University of California-San Diego and is working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Players for the Royals and Oakland A's will demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause in Sunday's game by wearing symbolic pink ribbons, wristbands and other items. Some players also will use pink bats.