Cancer Patient to Throw First Pitch For Awareness

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A local breast cancer patient will throw the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs baseball game.

Major League Baseball has created events and campaigns to help raise awareness of breast cancer. For example, baseball fans can purchase pink gear that supports their team. On May 5, the Chicago Cubs will welcome a breast cancer patient to the field to draw attention to the cause. Tina Conrad of Lakewood, Illinois, will throw the first pitch at the Monday night game. The event is all part of the team's Save 2nd Base campaign.

"It will be exciting. It's kind of like a victory in and of itself that we've made it this far," Conrad told the Northwest Herald. "We call ourselves sorority sisters because we all have an idea of what each other are going through. This will be a fun diversion."

Conrad was diagnosed in August of 2013. At the time she was a newlywed. The 37-year-old reported feeling her worst in January as the cancer took a toll on her spirit. She decided to join a support group at the Elgin branch of Advocate Health Care and has since found a community of women going through the same thing she is. Advocate Health Care partners with the Chicago Cubs for the Save 2nd Base campaign, which is how Conrad got involved.

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