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Kingman woman shares spotlight with Diamondbacks today


Tracie Stratton, left, enjoyed a Diamondbacks game last year with her sons, Collin and Dustin. They will be attending another game together today, where Stratton will serve as bat girl as part of “Take a Bat to Cancer Day.”
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KINGMAN - Tracie Stratton's family would do anything to make her smile during the time she has left with them.

In fact, Stratton's sister, Krystal Sixberry, recently nominated the 37-year-old cancer survivor to be a bat girl today for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Stratton was chosen for the honor and will attend a "Take a Bat to Cancer Day" nominating ceremony at 1 p.m. before the game with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Stratton, who will be attending with her mother, aunt and two oldest sons, Dustin, 18, and Collin, 16, will receive a Diamondbacks jersey, as well as free tickets and parking for the game. Stratton said she has attended games there in the past but has never been on the field, where she will meet some of the players and participate in the ceremony.

"I'm really excited and I get to take my family and make it a nice Mother's Day," said Stratton. "This will be the most that I've been out since last year, and I'm looking forward to it. My headaches are getting worse, but I'm still here and want to enjoy myself."

Stratton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. The cancer return in January 2012, when doctors found a large tumor on her brain and removed it. In September, Magnetic Resonance Imaging showed she had too many brain tumors to count, and doctors gave her two weeks to live. But Stratton, who receives hospice care, continues to fight.

Lori Cornwall, who is Stratton's mother, said they will travel to Phoenix and stay overnight with Sixberry, then attend the game today as a family. Cornwall said the event has lifted her daughter's spirits and she is looking forward to making it a special day for everyone.

"The cancer is wearing real hard on Tracie and she's not doing well," said Cornwall. "I'm not even sure she'll feel up to going, but she's determined to do this. And we'll do anything for her to get her to smile. I'm really tickled that it has taken her mind off how much she's hurting. I'm just so proud of her."



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