Rangers go pink for breast cancer awareness

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 2:23 AM

ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers honored moms and survivors on Sunday.

The American League champions broke out the pink bats to support breast cancer research, and they invited a special bat girl onto the field at Rangers Ballpark.

Anne Embry's dad nominated her for the honor after she slugged her way through chemotherapy and surgery to inspire other women in their fight against cancer.

Derek Holland skipped through the outfield in pink shoes; Michael Michael Young walked out of the cage with a pink bat.

And Embry took it personally. For her, pink represents power.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28. "I was a very healthy active mom to a two-year-old with no family history of cancer," Embry said. "It was a complete shock."

On Sunday, her "Fight Like a Girl" campaign won her a spot as an honorary bat girl.

Major League Baseball has been going to bat for breast cancer since 2006, with big league sluggers using pink bats to bring attention to the cause on Mother's Day.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had his pink bat ready, and took time to cheer on Embry in her fight.

Rangers fans who got to the game early went home with pink T-shirts, and pitcher Mike Adams autographed a few.

But it was little Claire Embry who had the prize of the day — not the signed ball from Hamilton, but a trip to her first Rangers game with a mom who fought through four rounds of chemotherapy.

Anne Embry still has a few more surgeries to go, and Claire will now have to be tested for the cancer-causing gene. But the prognosis is good, and these two will have many more Mother's Days to see Josh Hamilton swing for the fences — and witness the power of pink.

"Just to know they are out there batting for us, and they are out there supporting breast cancer, it's a huge cause," Embry said. "And it means a lot to have them supporting us."

She noted that her cancer was detected early, and Embry wants other young moms to be vigilant about their health.

Embry is among the less than one percent of cancer patients who are diagnosed before the age of 30.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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