Twins Honor Robbinsdale Mother, Cancer Survivor
On Mother’s Day, the Minnesota Twins honored a Robbinsdale mother and cancer survivor.
The organization chose Monica Theis of Robbinsdale as the club’s 2019 Honorary Bat Girl. The honor was a part of Major League Baseball’s annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative.
Theis has fought a tough battle with cancer, starting when she defeated Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19. Twelve years later in 2004, Stage 1 breast cancer forced Monica to have a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. In 2011, doctors diagnosed Monica with Stage 2 breast cancer. In 2015, the cancer returned at Stage 4. She is currently undergoing radiation therapy.
Despite her difficult journey, Monica actively volunteers with the American Cancer Society and is a Cancer Action Network volunteer.
“Just the fact that I wake up every day and that I’m upright and breathing and still able to enjoy life,” said Monica in a press release. “I think focusing on those daily things, whether it’s going for ice cream in the evening or looking at pretty flowers.”
Monica and her family attended the home game on May 12 against the Detroit Tigers. The Twins honored Monica on the field before the game.