8 Athlete’s Who Kicked Cancer’s Butt
We want to acknowledge some amazing athletes who fought for their lives and kicked cancer’s butt! It isn’t very often that women’s personal triumphs are recognized and we are honored to highlight these amazing women and hope you feel as inspired as we do.
Hamill was one of the most decorated American figure skaters. She’s won multiple championships and an Olympic medal. In 2007, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Hamill’s mother also battled breast cancer and survived. In 2016, she alongside Biotheranostics launched a campaign to encourage breast cancer survivors to understand that knowledge is power in the fight against breast cancer.
Campbell is a retired WNBA player who is recognized for her dedication and perseverance because she continued to play despite battling breast cancer. She became the WNBA’s national spokesperson for its anti-cancer efforts with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Campbell’s return from breast cancer was nominated by fans as “Most Inspirational” and one of the top four WNBA Anniversary decade moments. She is now the Founder and Program Director of “Breathe and Stretch,” a health restoration program for breast cancer survivors.
Breland is an American basketball player who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma during her college season in 2009. She had to sit out the 2009 to 2010 season, but recovered and returned in 2011 as a member of the Minnesota Lynx. Breland currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury as a forward.
Navratilova is a former American professional tennis player and coach. She was diagnosed with breast cancer later in life. Navratilova had the tumor removed and received radiation therapy that summer. She is not only an inspirational cancer survivor, but also an incredible tennis player. In 2012, The Tennis Channel named Navratilova as the second greatest female tennis player of all time.
Kinney served as a Team USA synchronized swimmer alternate during the 2008 Olympics. She later was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2010 at the age of 21. Kinney underwent surgery and chemotherapy and successfully beat cancer!
Golden was an American disabled ski racer. She lost her leg to cancer at 12 years old but that didn’t stop her. She went on to win an Olympic medal and win multiple championships. After her ski career, Golden became a motivational speaker. Unfortunately, at 29 years old she was diagnosed with breast cancer and again at 33 years old. Golden passed in 2001 and would inspire a race series called the “Diana Golden Race Series”, hosted by Disabled Sports USA. May she rest in peace.
Fleming, Hamill’s biggest rival, was a legendary figure skater. She’s earned a variety of medals, most of which are gold, over seven to be specific. After her figure skating career, Fleming was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Luckily, it was caught early and with the surgery, she was cancer-free. She is now a breast cancer activist and serves as a TV commentator in figure skating.
Miller is a former artistic gymnast who is the most decorated US gymnast with a total of seven Olympic medals. Later in life, she was diagnosed with germ cell ovarian cancer in 2011. She underwent three cycles of chemotherapy and ended the summer with a clean bill of health. She is currently the president of “Shannon Miller Lifestyle” and the “Shannon Miller Foundation,” which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.