Cancer survivor named Honorary Bat Girl
Recognized in an on-field ceremony before Sunday night’s Mother’s Day game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium was Renee Heine of Wayne, N.J., the Yankees’ 2016 winner of the Honorary Bat Girl contest that honors baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.
Heine is a mother of two who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2012. Since then, she has undergone two surgeries and 30 rounds of radiation. An avid Yankees fan, Heine used baseball as a distraction from the stress and anxiety her treatments caused, giving her an outlet to cope with her condition.
She is now cancer-free and continues to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research for the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.