This annual award is presented to a female college athlete who has overcome adversity to excel in her sport. Read more about the award.
UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell and academic advisor Jan Boxill made the trip to New York for the presentation – they, along with Jessica, were spotted with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.
Breland was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in May 2009 and treated at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, clinical home of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. While undergoing treatment, she red-shirted the season, but was present on the sidelines, supporting her teammates.
She returned to the court for her senior year, leading the women’s team to the Sweet Sixteen. She was also involved in the creation of the Jessica Breland Comeback Kids Fund which honors her spirit of courage, strength and hope and provides support for cancer research and treatment at UNC’s pediatric oncology program.
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