GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- A Grain Valley woman who has beat cancer twice will soon get to stand next to a team that fights as hard as she does. Tara Beller was selected to line the bases at ‘Komen KC Night at the K’ on May 26.
Beller said a friend entered her into a contest through the Susan G. Komen campaign. People voted on MLB.com for weeks and now Beller is in the running to be an unofficial bat girl at a Royals game. She was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 12 and breast cancer last fall when she was just 29 years old. She said she remembers the moment her doctor gave her the news.
“He was like I hate to tell you this but you have cancer again, and I was just devastated,” she said.
Beller said the Royals helped her keep her head up when she was going through chemotherapy treatments last fall.
“Throughout the playoffs I was going through chemo so I wasn’t working so I was able to stay up through all those games and it was just so awesome,” she said. “Just to know I was going through something rough but something exciting was going on.”
Beller and other breast cancer survivors will line the bases before the Royals vs White Sox game on May 26.
“It will be pretty cool you know just to be out in front of everybody and just being recognized,” she said.
Beller said a self-exam led her to discover a lump.
“Do self-checks all the time on yourself, don’t just assume it will go away or I am too young it won’t happen to me,” she said.
After 18 rounds of chemotherapy Beller is finally in the clear. She will finish radiation treatment in a few weeks. The unofficial bat girl winner will be announced on May 26.