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Celebrating the strength of those impacted by breast cancer, the Detroit Tigers’ 12th annual “Pink Out the Park” game, presented by Karmanos Cancer Institute, completed a series of events highlighting the organization’s commitment to supporting the fight against breast cancer.

Leading up to the June 8 game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tigers players made a special visit to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Ilitch Sports + Entertainment colleagues gathered to acknowledge friends and family members affected by the disease.

During their visit to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Tigers pitchers Reese Olson and Joey Wentz connected with breast cancer patients and survivors. Touring various treatment areas, the players handed out Tigers-branded pink beanie hats and tickets to the Pink Out the Park Game, connecting with the patients and hearing their stories. Players extended personal invitations for patients and their families to attend the game and to watch batting practice from the field.

“Karmanos is such a special partner in the fight against Breast Cancer,” said Tiffany Harrington, director of partnership activation for the Tigers. “Our annual Pink Out the Park game is always such a huge success in bringing awareness to and raising funds for breast cancer research and it’s because of our incredible fans, survivors, fighters, doctors, nurses and staff who are all aiming for one goal; finding a cure.”

More than 1,000 complimentary tickets were provided to Karmanos patients, doctors, nurses, staff and their families for the Pink Out the Park game, where survivors and health care providers were recognized in a pre-game ceremony, followed by the first pitch being thrown by breast cancer survivor Linda McIntosh and the National Anthem was performed by survivor LaTorea McBride. The first 15,000 fans in attendance received a commemorative pink Tigers jersey.