MILWAUKEE -- Terri Huestis of Tuscola, Texas, has been named the Rangers' Honorary Bat Girl as part of Major League Baseball's ongoing Mother's Day efforts to create awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Honorary Bat Girl contest recognizes 30 baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to find a cure for the disease.
The Rangers will be in Houston on Mother's Day this Sunday, so Huestis will be honored during pregame ceremonies on May 17 before the game against the Tigers at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Huestis was first diagnosed with breast cancer on Oct. 7, 2011, on her 40th birthday. She had a radical mastectomy on Oct. 19, 2011, with the removal of 20 lymph nodes. Fourteen were cancerous.
She began chemotherapy treatments in January 2012 but developed a staph infection after the first one and had to spend seven days in the hospital. After her fifth treatment, she became so sick that she lost 40 pounds and was hospitalized for another five days. Too ill for chemotherapy, she went through five weeks of radiation. A year after the surgery, she lost both her job and her insurance. She has been undergoing surgery and the final one is scheduled for June 13. She remains positive and convinced she can beat breast cancer.
"I know that I had breast cancer for a reason," Huestis said. "I know there is a ministry in my future to help women like me."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.