On Saturday, November 3rd, Little Company of Mary will host the third annual Cancer Survivor Event at the DoubleTree Hilton (5000 W. 127th St., Alsip, Illinois). This full-day program is open to cancer patients, survivors and those who support them.
The keynote speaker for the event is Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in American history and seven-time Olympic medalist. Shannon courageously battled and beat ovarian cancer.
Shannon Miller remains the most decorated Olympic gymnast in history with seven Olympic medals. She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice, both as an individual (2006) and part of a team (2008). She has won an astounding 59 international and 49 national competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the first U.S. gymnast to win two World All-Around Titles, and her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most won by a U.S. athlete in any sport. At the 1996 games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the U.S. women’s first-ever team gold, and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured gold on the balance beam. After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. She then became an advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, which empowers women to make their health a priority through programs, education and awareness.
In 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball-sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. Now cancer-free, Shannon continues to be a strong advocate for awareness and early detection. Shannon has taken the lessons learned through obstacles faced as an elite athlete, as a young adult and from her journey with cancer to put together an inspirational new book, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.
Following the featured presentation, guests can participate in various breakout sessions on a number of valuable topics. The event also will include lunch, an afternoon frozen yogurt social and raffle. The day will kick off at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 2:30 p.m.