Mass General oncologist sings national anthem at Red Sox Mothers Day game

As is the trend in major league sports, the Red Sox got all pink yesterday to highlight the effort to support breast cancer research. The beleaguered Susan G. Komen for the Cure group served as partner and promised:

To show their support, Red Sox players will wear pink wristbands and use pink Louisville Slugger bats. All players, coaches and umpires will wear pink ribbon decals and there will be pink merchandise for sale in the park. Fans are invited to proudly wear their pink attire in “Pink Zones” at all home MLB games on Mother’s Day.

The announcer also introduced some women currently in treatment for breast cancer, sharing an unusual amount of detail about their upcoming surgeries to the 30,000 plus crowd. Also noted via the public address system  — how early detection via mammogram saved one women’s life. (See this much talked about, first-person NYTimes story on Komen for the debate on that.)

No dispute about this: Mass General radiation oncologist Karen Winkfield can belt it out. She sang both the national  anthem and “God Bless America.”  (Thanks to Mr. Taylor for posting “The Star Spangled Banner” on YouTube.)


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