CLEVELAND -- The Indians know that there are more important victories than the ones that take place on a baseball diamond. That is why the ballclub plans on honoring Kelli Andres with a special pregame ceremony on Mother's Day this Sunday.
Andres -- who is from Sylvania, Ohio -- has beaten cancer twice and has dedicated much of her life to helping others take on the disease. On Sunday, Andres will be recognized as one of Major League Baseball's honorary bat girls as part of the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative that is celebrated each Mother's Day.
Each team will have an honoree, who will receive pink MLB merchandise and will be allowed to observe batting practice on the field prior to a pregame ceremony. Each winner was selected by a guest judging panel that includes MLB players and celebrities in addition to fan votes cast on HonoraryBatGirl.com.
Once again this season, MLB players will use pink bats provided by Louisville Slugger and sport pink gear to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
Andres -- a mother of two sons -- is currently cancer-free after surviving breast cancer in 2010 and bone cancer when she was 12 years old. Andres has taken part in multiple fundraising programs and has served as the captain of Team Andrews for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Northwest, Ohio. Her team consists of nearly 60 family and friends and has raised more than $4,000.