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UW-La Crosse coach reflects on cancer diagnosis and power of basketball

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This weekend marks the annual Steppin' Out In Pink walk for local breast cancer research and services.

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This weekend marks the annual Steppin' Out In Pink walk for local breast cancer research and services.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12450/7409588?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 23:08:33 +0000 UW-La Crosse coach reflects on cancer diagnosis and power of basketball This weekend marks the annual Steppin' Out In Pink walk for local breast cancer research and services. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12450/7409588?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WKBT this weekend marks the annual steppin' out in pink walk for local breast cancer research and services. one local basketball coach recently went through a diagnoses and a battle that changed her life. news 8's jordan fremstad takes us off the basketball court with a woman who knows the definition of adversity. uw-la crosse assistant women's basketball coach jonelle streed has every characteristic of a pure competitor. but last fall a medical diagnosis would test her resiliency to the max. the support of her family... and her team ....helped her overcome the biggest challenge in her life. at uw-la crosse...wo men's basketball has a deeper meaning than a final score. 9:33:37:24 "it's a family." 9:52:31:04 "i think it brings everything you need for your future." 9:52:12:04 "this was the one place i felt like they had the best interests for me." and there's an assistant coach who's personality is a slam dunk. 9:37:42:07 "i love it here i love the people." jonelle streed's passion is basketball. (9:33:33:00) "could play pretty much anywhere, but loved the three. i was a big three point shooter." parts of her rub off on her student athletes and fellow coaches. 10:06:01:18 "she puts everyone else before herself and you don't see that often in many people." 9:51:50:21 "joe's the outgoing energetic type." while adversity often strikes athletes on the court...streed's adversity took a much different path. 9:34:28:03 "last year on halloween i was diagnosed with breast cancer and i had to go through a bilateral mastectomy on december 4 which is right in the middle of basketball season." streed was faced with this new opponent that she knew she had to defeat. "what are my choices? what are my options right now? i can hit this. i can be positive every day and i can bring it and be an example." she battled but it was far from a free throw. "281 days 139 appointment s for an extremely healthy person." but it never changed who she is. 10:06:24:14 "she was going through a rough time in her life and almost every single day she would send me a text...'hey how's your day going or send me a picture with a quote and that just tells you right there enough about her." "if i had a bad day guess who's probably having a worse day jo. yet she can still bring that energy every day to practice and to games." 10:10:00:22 "just the way she approached everything was obviously very inspiring to us." (nat sound: end of treatment bell) now that her treatment is complete...stree d is going to participate in an annual event....along with more than six thousand people decked out in pink...raising more money for so many others wanting to ring their bell. "the clarity that i have because of that diagnosis and what is important. my health...everybo dy's health is important and until you lose it...you don't realize it." it's made everyone around her stronger. "we stick together we do things for each other." the final score....stre ed one....cancer nothing. "you can beat it because i did." streed says she will be back coaching this fall and can't wait for the season to begin. she says she is enjoying the little things again...like her morning runs that she wasn't able to do before. thanks jordan...gunder sen heath system's steppin' out in pink will begin this saturday with all proceeds going to help further local breast cancer initiatives at gundersen medical foundation.





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