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Breast cancer survivor throws first pitch

By Natalie Grise - bio | email

DETROIT, MI (WTOL) - For the first time in a few years, Carrie Samples is getting a lot of pointers on her throwing form.

"Actually, I was an outfielder in high school, so that should help. I've been practicing, so we'll see," she says, as she prepares to throw out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers-Washington Nationals game Wednesday night.

She admits to being a little nervous, being from Petersburg, Michigan, and a Tigers fan her entire life.

"I grew up a Tigers fan. My dads a big Tigers fan, my brother is a big Tigers fan, we've always loved the Tigers," she explains.

But this pitch, on Pink Bat Night, is about more than being a fan. Carrie survived breast cancer, and is now raising awareness of the disease through events like Race for the Cure. She wrote and submitted an essay online that led to an invitation to throw out the first pitch on a night when more than 100 breast cancer survivors were honored at Comerica Park.

"I just told my story. I was diagnosed when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my daughter. That was two years ago, and I had several surgeries. I told them about how I go to bat for breast cancer now," she says.

As for the actual pitch, Carrie was pretty pleased with what she delivered.

"It was a ball, but it made it there," she says.

A ball at the plate, but a perfect strike for the spirit of survival.

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