Think Pink: Baseball honors Mason breast cancer survivors

Patty Stump and Mike Shroder/File photo
Patty Stump and Mike Shroder/File photo

(FOX19) - Mike Shroder and Patty Stump of Mason were the winners of Major League Baseball's 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

Shroder and Stump were the winners for the Reds. They recognized at the Reds' game on Mother's Day at Great American Ball Park.

Josie Shuler, the winner of last year's contest, nominated Shroder and Stump.

Here is an excerpt from the winning submission to

"Mike and Patty are both breast cancer survivors, a rarity in the medical world according to the UC Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society. In 2006, Mike was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it.

"Then a year and a half later, Patti received a breast cancer diagnosis. After four years cancer free, Patty was diagnosed with cancer once again but she fought it. Mike and Patty both continue to fight the disease through fundraising and volunteerism for Susan G. Komen Foundation."

The honorary bat girl winners were selected by fan votes on along with feedback from a guest judging panel that included Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, country music superstar and Atlanta Braves fan Jason Aldean, and Sam Ryan, a MLB Network host and reporter.

For a complete list of winners from throughout Major League Baseball, click here.

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