Kollmar is one of each MLB Club's selected winners who will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game.
On January 14, 2005, Carrie Kollmar was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer that had spread into the liver just one week later. Carrie immediately began a six-month weekly chemotherapy regimen. With her last chemotherapy treatment session on July 12, 2005 and several surgeries later, Carrie is now a nine-year Stage IV cancer survivor. Over the years, she has volunteered to deliver gifts to those going through cancer treatment on Valentine's Day, through an organization called Project Valentine.
Fans from across the country and Canada shared inspirational stories that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. The Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com 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, MLB Network host and reporter.
Last week on May 11th, players and on-field personnel wore the above symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards were also pink. Games held that day used a pink stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game day baseball. Numerous MLB players used pink bats and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, was stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many of the game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from those Mother's Day games have been authenticated by MLB and will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
The Honorary Bat Girl program 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 five years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 4 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.