Cancer affects us all in one way or another. Today is the first day of October which starts breast cancer awareness month. Women in sports for decades have defied the odds and motivated little girls to want to play sports. Some of the greatest athletes in the world are now women. Giving our kids a chance to idolize female professional athletes. With that being said these athletes are humans too. Which means they can still be hit with one of the worst diseases in the world, breast cancer.
Some of the most iconic female figures in sports have battled and overcome this fight. Iconic women such as Martina Navratilova, Karen Newman, Edna Campbell, and Robin Roberts have all fought and overcome. This month hits a little harder for me and my family, knowing a collegiate athlete that has overcome this battle.
My mother was an inspiring softball player who started her first of multiple cancer battles at a very young age. She has battled through adversity and overcame it. Never having the chance to get the recognition as an athlete that she could have become. Now a 55-year-old grandmother her fighting spirit continues to inspire everyone around her, including my daughter and wife.
Please take time to listen to survivor’s stories, use their battles to help your loved ones fight. It is the toughest fight any one of us will ever have to endure. My mother would want you to keep fighting and persevere until we get a cure!
To the ones in the fight or standing beside someone in the fight, as the great Stuart Scott said,
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”
I just wanted to take a minute to thank the women who fight. We support you, we want to hear your stories, and we are here for you.
P.s. Mom, I know somebody is going to read this to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be front row to one of the greatest stories I have ever heard and seen.