Monday February 14, 2011 | 07:07 PM

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey went public today with the news that his wife, Krista, a graduate of Sanford High and the University of New Hampshire, is battling breast cancer.

Lackey told Rob Bradford of that the cancer was discovered in its early stages back in November and that Krista was doing "really good."

The news came at the same time that Major League Baseball and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization announced its 2011 Honorary Bat Girl Contest.

To draw attention to the battle against breast cancer, the contest will recognize baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer. On the website fans can share stories about themselves or loved ones with cancer. There is also a chance to enter the contest to be an honorary bat girl at the Red Sox game on Mothers' Day, May 8.

Among the judges for the contest is Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, a cancer survivor.

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