Local baseball team plays in pink to honor breast cancer survivor

10:03 PM, Jun 3, 2011   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A local baseball team honored a players' mother on Friday night. She's a breast cancer survivor who will be participating in the Komen St. Louis Race for the cure next weekend. But the team will be out of town on race day. On Friday, they showed that they will be with her in spirit.

"I am just so excited seeing our team and the pink shirts. They are all rallying around the cause and me and I just feel so much love and support it is just so awesome," said Kathleen Wilson, who is a breast cancer survivor.

The Rawlings Junior Prospects baseball team surprised Wilson on Friday with a special ceremony before the game, all in the name of breast cancer. Wilson is a survivor and the baseball team has seen her struggle first hand.

"Today is all about honoring her and celebrating the fact that she survived cancer but, it's also about raising awareness around the community, around the city," said Donnita Bennett, who was one of the people who coordinated the event.

Wilson and her team, "Kathleen's Irish for a Cure", will be participating in next week's Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. But, the baseball team will be at an away game. So on Friday night, the team played in pink jerseys and gave her a pink rose along with a 250 dollar check for her Komen team.

"It's just really cool that they did that for my mom," said Jacob Wilson, a player on the team.

Wilson discovered a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 38. She spent the last year and a half going through radiation, two rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and a hysterectomy. The players and their parents were there for Wilson the whole time. Six weeks ago she finally got some good news.

"I am cancer free and I am so excited about it," said Wilson.

"My hope for the future is that there will be no more breast cancer. My stepdaughter, I have several nieces, I don't want them to go through what I've gone through...I just hope that some day soon, very soon that there will be an end to all breast cancer," said Wilson.

"Kathleen's Irish for the cure's" goal is to raise 5000 dollars. If you would like to help the team reach that goal go to Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure and find "Kathleen's Irish for the cure" under small teams.



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