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Two cancer survivors play a pivotal role in a Minor League Baseball game

Two Montana citizens who survived battles with cancer were key figures at a Minor League Baseball game between the Billings Mustangs and Orem Owlz on Thursday evening.

Greg Hall, a resident of Roundup, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in November 2009 and informed that he had six months to a year to live, according to the Billings Gazette. Despite his grim prognosis, Hall has made breast cancer survivors and supporters news by being alive and well almost two years later. He was asked to throw the first pitch during the baseball game.

"It is an honor for me to even be asked," Hall told the source. "I've got to do some practicing. It's been a while since I've thrown a hard ball."

Sharon Rose, a 54-year-old woman from Billings was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2009. She opened the Minor League game by singing the Star-Spangled Banner. "It is a message of hope," Rose told the Billings Gazette, "Cancer gave me the impetus to sing. I am trying to embrace what I love."

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately one in 35 female deaths are attributed to breast cancer, but death rates from the disease have been steadily declining since the early 1990s.
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