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10 Athletes Who Battled Cancer and Won the Fight

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10 Athletes Who Battled Cancer and Won the Fight

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Cancer is one of the scariest words in the English vocabulary. There is nothing worse than knowing someone who has to deal with the horrific disease. However, it’s all worth it to watch them fight and become cancer free. Here’s a look at 10 athletes who battled cancer and won the fight.

10. Jon Lester

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10. Jon Lester

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Pitcher Jon Lester fought non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006 as a rookie with the Boston Red Sox. He went through chemotherapy in the offseason, and he was called back to the majors in 2007. The payoff was that Lester won Game 4 of the World Series, which just so happened to give Boston the title.

9. Lance Armstrong

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9. Lance Armstrong

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three embryonal carcinoma at the age of 25 years old. The cancer spread throughout his body, which forced him to go into surgery and chemotherapy. Doctors told him he had a 40 percent chance to live, but Armstrong fought hard and survived.

8. Edna Campbell

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8. Edna Campbell

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Edna Campbell was a victim of breast cancer. She battled hard during her fourth season in the WNBA. Thankfully, she was able to return to the game in 2002. Even better, she became a spokesperson and promoted awareness through various foundations.

7. Jessica Breland

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7. Jessica Breland

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While a student at UNC, Jessica Breland was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Despite missing the 2009-10 season, Breland put forth a solid senior year, which resulted in her getting drafted by the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.

6. Mark Herzlich

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6. Mark Herzlich

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Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich became an inspirational story when it was revealed that he had Ewing’s sarcoma. Just four months after being diagnosed with the disease, he was cancer free and ready to compete with the Philadelphia Eagles.

5. Saku Koivu

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5. Saku Koivu

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At 26 years old, Saku Koivu had a flight to forget from Finland to the U.S. He couldn’t stop vomiting as his stomach pain worsened. It was revealed that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The good news is he used other athletes as inspiration to fight the cancer and win.

4. Josh Bidwell

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4. Josh Bidwell

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Punter Josh Bidwell had a rough rookie season as he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had to go undergo emergency surgery due to the cancer beginning to spread throughout his body. Thankfully, he was able to overcome the disease, train hard, and win the starting job with the Green Bay Packers the next season.

3. Mario Lemieux

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3. Mario Lemieux

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Hockey legend Mario Lemieux battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma during the 1992-93 season. One of the downsides was that he was on pace to break single-season points and goal records. Remarkably, he played on his last day of radiation treatment and even scored a goal.

2. John Cullen

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2. John Cullen

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John Cullen remained determined to overcome the cancerous tumor that was found in his chest. He was required to sit out an entire season due to cancer cells located through his body. He then had a bone marrow transplant to survive. The good news is he was able to play hockey again despite nearly dying.

1. Andres Galarraga

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1. Andres Galarraga

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Andres Galarraga discovered that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after consistent back pain. He was forced to miss the entire 1999 season because of it, which was tough because he was playing so well. On Opening Day the next season, he hit a game-winning home run.