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DeVito named Indians' honorary bat girl

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CLEVELAND -- Colleen DeVito has used her story of breast cancer survival to educate others who might face a similar battle. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball rewarded her with a great platform from which to accomplish that goal.

DeVito was named one of the 30 winners of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, representing the Indians. The program was created four years ago to recognize fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

The aim is to raise awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat for Breast Cancer" initiative, celebrated on Mother's Day throughout Major League Baseball.

DeVito, who has overcome multiple surgeries related to breast cancer and melanoma, chaired the Survivor Ceremony as part of Race for the Cure in Cleveland. In addition, she was sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in attending the Young Survivors Conference.

The 30 winners -- one per club -- will be recognized at Major League ballparks on Mother's Day, or on an alternative date by away teams.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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