SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Padres will conduct Breast Cancer Awareness Day at tonight's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park, including honoring a San Diego woman diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer in 2013.
Wendy Shurelds was the Padres winner of the honorary bat girl contest, which recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and have demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.
Shurelds advocates on behalf of all women, specifically those in the African-American community, encouraging all women to take control of their own health.
"Life is very short," said Shurelds, whose cancer is in remission. "I don't take life for granted anymore. I live my life moment by moment and I try to have fun and be happy. Fighting for these women is my passion."
Shurelds learned about her cancer through a free mammogram event. She spoke about the importance of the events to 10News.
Shurelds will be honored during a pregame ceremony at home plate, then join 100 breast cancer survivors and family members in forming a pink ribbon in center field in honor of those with breast cancer.
Major League Baseball has annually dedicated Mother's Day to breast cancer awareness since 2006, with players wearing pink apparel and using pink equipment. The Padres were playing an interleague game against the White Sox Sunday in Chicago, prompting them to hold Breast Cancer Awareness Day Monday.