I inherited my love of the Cincinnati Reds from my mom, Martha, who was a life-long fan. She spent childhood summers attending games with her cousin, listening to Marty and Joe on the radio, and checking box scores in the newspaper. She loved the Big Red Machine, the Nasty Boys, and the #8, worn on the jersey of her favorite player, Joe Morgan. When I was four years old, my mom and dad took me and my brother to the first of many Reds games at Riverfront Stadium. Nearly every following summer was spent visiting Cincinnati three or four times, staying in a hotel across the river, and walking across the Roebling Bridge to the games. Great American Ballpark opened its doors in 2003, giving my mom one summer to enjoy the new park and our favorite team before she passed away in 2004. At the age of 46, my mom lost her six year titanic struggle with breast cancer. After two remissions in six years, the third time proved too aggressive. Although she fought bravely, she died on October 24, 2004 only four short months after the cancer returned. Before passing away, she shared with my dad her sadness at knowing she would miss the major life events of her children, including my prom, graduation from high school, and start of college. Inspired by the nurses who gave my mom the love, hope and compassion she needed to continue her fight until the end, I decided to pursue a degree in nursing, and am currently in my second year at Capital University. Because of my momís devotion to the Cincinnati Reds, her passion lives on through me and my family. Just as my momís lucky number was 8 for Joe Morgan, mine is #17 for Chris Sabo, and my brotherís is #11 for Barry Larkin. My siblings and I still prefer to listen to a game on the radio thanks to my mom introducing us to Marty and Joeís broadcasts as kids. May 10th, 2009 is not only Motherís Day, it will also be my 20th birthday. I have dreaded the combination of these two days for the past five years, but now I can think of no better way to honor my mother, a great reds fan, than to be the Cincinnati Reds/Susan G. Komen bat girl in the ďGoing to Bat Against Breast CancerĒ celebration. .