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Breast cancer survivor throws first pitch at Pink Bat Night

Expectant mothers often await their new arrival filled with excitement, anxiety and joy. But when Carrie Samples was 30 weeks pregnant with her daughter, a startling diagnosis turned her world upside down - she had breast cancer.

Two years and several surgeries later, Samples is currently cancer-free and doing her best to educate other women about the disease, according to WTOL News. The Petersburg, Michigan-area woman also threw the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers-Washington Nationals game this Wednesday at Comerica Park in Detroit, which was celebrating Pink Bat Night.

"I grew up a Tigers fan. My dad's a big Tigers fan, my brother is a big Tigers fan, we've always loved the Tigers," she told the news outlet.

Samples submitted an essay online in order to win the ball-tossing honor at the event, which also celebrated another 100 strong-willed breast cancer survivors.

Still, it looks like the young mom doesn't think her throwing skills are quite up to par.

"It was a ball, but it made it there," she told the news source.

According to the American Cancer Society, the rates of breast cancer during pregnancy may rise due to more women choosing to have children later in life.
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