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Chemo on Friday, White Sox Bat Girl on Sunday

Vanessa Parzatka, 2014 Chicago White Sox Honorary Bat Girl, takes a big swing at cancer in her second fight against the disease.

Vanessa Parzatka, of Homer Glen, prior to Sunday's Chicago White Sox game. | Credit: Ron Vesely/Chicago White Sox
Vanessa Parzatka, of Homer Glen, prior to Sunday's Chicago White Sox game. | Credit: Ron Vesely/Chicago White Sox

Vanessa Parzatka, winner of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Chicago White Sox, went for chemotherapy on Friday.

On Sunday, she delivered Sunday's Sox lineup to the umpire prior to the Arizona Diamondbacks game at U.S. Cellular Field.

She's one of 30 winners, one for each team, throughout Major League Baseball. The contest recognizes women affected by breast cancer "who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to fight this disease," according to the White Sox.

Parzatka, who was born in Hinsdale and lived in Elmhurst for 10 years, attended grade school with the Comiskey kids, according to the Sox. She now lives in Homer Glen and works for Chicago Beverage.

She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2006. She underwent three surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. Her cancer returned in 2013.

"I feel good," Parzatka said. "You know what? I'll be OK. I'll keep doing my therapies and hanging in there. I'll be around a while."

As part of the day's festivities, she received a pink baseball bat with autographs from the players. The bat was engraved with Parzatka's nickname, "Slick," from her own softball-playing days.

"This is awesome," said Parzatka. "It's quite an experience."

Parzatka was nominated for the Honorary Bat Girl program by her sister Michelle. The program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for MLB’s annual Going to Bat Against Cancer initiative, which is supported by charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

local guy May 12, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Good for you, a real life hero!

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