TWU Softball Player Throws Out First Pitch

DENTON, Texas (6/8/11) - Texas Woman's University senior softball player Abby Burns threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the NCAA Division I Women's College World Series on Monday night at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. Burns was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in January and her story was featured in the WCWS game program.

The game, which was televised nationally on ESPN2 and, was dubbed by the NCAA as "StrikeOut Cancer Night." Burns' ceremonial first pitch was just one of the many promotional activities at the stadium that evening designed to raise awareness in the fight against cancer.

The local community has joined together to help raise money for Abby's medical expenses. The North Texas and UTA softball programs held charity games during the 2011 season in Abby's honor.

For the past three years, the two teams have each hosted strikeout cancer games at their respective schools, benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2011, the two programs decided to raise money for Burns, who was a teammate of North Texas softball player Hayley Siebman. Siebman played with Burns at TWU in 2010.

UTA held its charity game on Wed., April 6 in Arlington. Called, "Orange for the Cure game," there was no charge for admittance and fans were asked to make a donation. North Texas held its own charity game,"Rally For Abby," in Abby's honor on May 4 when the Mean Green faced UTA for a second time. Admission was free in lieu of a cash donation. North Texas also held an on-line auction on to raise additional funds.

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