ANAHEIM -- Major League Baseball has announced the 31 winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, recognizing fans who have been affected by breast cancer and are demonstrating a commitment to eradicate the disease.
The Angels' winner is Danielle Adams, who will be recognized in a special on-field ceremony prior to the game on Thursday, May 15.
Adams was diagnosed with Stage II triple negative breast cancer in March 2013. Over the past year, she has gone through four rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, followed by four additional rounds of chemotherapy. She finished treatment on Oct. 21 and had reconstructive surgery on Dec. 12.
Adams, a Garden Grove, Calif., resident and a lifelong Angels fan, was unable to attend a game last season, but her family has had season tickets at Angel Stadium since 1966. On May 15, before the Angels host the Rays, Adams will take part in pregame activities, including viewing batting practice from the field and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
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 Rays, Freddie Freeman of the Braves, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants, country music superstar and Braves fan Jason Aldean, and Sam Ryan, an MLB Network host and reporter.
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.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.