Survivors honored, Tigers win 'Pink' game


POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:44pm

It was the Tigers and Cajuns on the baseball diamond Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium. But there was a bigger issue at hand, breast cancer. It’s something that hits close to home for many around the country. Raising awareness for that cause was the motive Wednesday night and two survivors lead the charge.

“I was diagnosed by a routine mammogram. If I hadn't done that, I wouldn't be standing here today to talk to you,” Cathy Mainieri Gagnon, sister of LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, said.

“Not to get a mammogram every year, now that what I have been through, is just ridiculous. Because it could be preventable or curable,” Mary Ann Mahtook, mother of former LSU slugger Mikie Mahtook, said.

Both ladies, who are breast cancer survivors, were honored before the game for their victory in battle. They simultaneously threw out the ceremonial pitch before Wednesday’s big game.

"The word Cancer is so fearful to people. When they can see two people that are well and healthy that's wonderful,” Cathy Mainieri said just minutes after being honored.

Both ladies say it’s a difficult thing to deal with when diagnosed, but an easy out to make sure you are in the clear.

“Get your screening, go to you doctor, take care of yourself. I hope I can be an example to take care of your body and listen to it. Do your examinations, self examinations and self checkups,” Mahtook said.

The Tigers wore pink helmets and wristbands to help promote breast cancer awareness and research. LSU defeated University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 5-0.

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