LOS ANGELES -- The Giants will recognize the efforts of Connie Bennett, this year's recipient of the club's Honorary Bat Girl distinction, before Thursday's game against St. Louis at AT&T Park. The Honorary Bat Girl program singles out fans who have been affected by breast cancer and maintain a commitment to fighting the disease. Bennett was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer two years ago. She underwent a double mastectomy and has since undergone several reconstructive surgeries. Bennett is among the top fundraisers for the California Oncology Group, to which she donates proceeds from bake sales and Bunco parties. Bennett also purchases gift cards for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments who cannot afford food, gas or medication.
The Honorary Bat Girl Contest 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 2006, Major League Baseball created the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program. Giants left-hander Barry Zito served on the panel of 30 players who helped select team-by-team winners.