LAKEWOOD – Tina Conrad will be at Wrigley Field on Monday to help Save 2nd Base.
The 37-year-old Lakewood resident will be a focal point of the Chicago Cubs’ breast cancer awareness campaign as she will throw out the first pitch and take part in other in-game ceremonies with more than 50 other breast cancer survivors and patients.
Conrad was diagnosed with breast cancer in August but already had a history with the disease as she watched her mother defeat it twice. That experience along with the staff and support from Advocate Sherman Hospital and Advocate Health Care – which teamed up with the Cubs and Save 2nd Base organization for the event – has instilled a positive attitude as she continues her fight.
“The reality of me getting it was always in the back of my mind, but I always thought I would be older,” Conrad said of the diagnosis. “But I said to myself this is just what it is and I am going to get through it. I’ve tried to keep a positive attitude.”
Having celebrated a wedding in April of last year, there have been difficult moments as the cancer put a damper on the first year of marriage. After hitting what she said was her low point in January, Conrad joined a support group at the hospital and has been reinvigorated ever since.
She said having the opportunity to spend time with breast cancer survivors and other women going through the battle in a fun atmosphere like Wrigley Field would be a welcomed change of scenery.
“It will be exciting. It’s kind of like a victory in and of itself that we’ve made it this far,” Conrad said. “We call ourselves sorority sisters because we all have an idea of what each other are going through. This will be a fun diversion.”
The event includes a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to benefit mammograms through the Advocate Charitable Foundation for under and uninsured women. Special pink Cubs merchandise will also have a portion of the proceeds benefit that program.
With her chemotherapy behind her and a second surgery complete, Conrad can see the light at the end of the tunnel with radiation treatment the last major event before years of staying on track with proper medication.
But before she gets there, she has a strike to throw.
“I’ve been practicing my pitching the last couple weeks,” she said. “I think I’m ready.”