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Cantara Sox's winner of Honorary Bat Girl contest


BOSTON -- Christie Cantara, a mother of three who is battling breast cancer, will be the honorary bat girl as the Red Sox host the Blue Jays this Sunday in celebration of Mother's Day.

All 30 clubs will have an honorary bat girl, chosen by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with help from a panel that included CC Sabathia, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Alex Gordon, as well as Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter.

Cantara will be honored before Sunday's game and participate in pregame ceremonies.

After being misdiagnosed by her doctors twice, Cantara finally learned of her cancer on Valentine's Day this year. She's been undergoing chemotherapy. Her friends created an organization called Team Christie to support her as she takes a year of medical leave from work.

In baseball's celebration of Mother's Day, players will also demonstrate their support by wearing the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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