Robin Roberts is the recipient of the 2008 WNBA Inspiration Award which recognizes an individual who inspires others through her commitment and dedication to work, family and community. She was presented this award at the league's third annual WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon this past Wednesday, July 30 in San Francisco. The luncheon also served as a final send-off for American WNBA athletes heading to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.
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Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in late July of 2007. She noticed a lump on her breast the day she presented a report on the demise of former movie critic Joel Siegel, who died of colon cancer the previous month. After a successful surgery in August, Roberts underwent chemotherapy until January 2008 while at the same time continuing to host "Good Morning America." Early on into the treatment, her hair began to fall out simply by touching it and for the sake of not wanting to "distract you from the story I'm reporting," she wore a wig on air.
After eight chemotherapy treatments over eight months, she was ready to celebrate her victory on Isaac Mizrahi's runway at New York's Fashion Week in February 2008. Her fellow GMA anchors dared Robin to brave the catwalk and to make things interesting, Robin decided to shed the wig. Today she labels herself a survivor of cancer standing as a role model for many who face the same struggles she faced with the hope that it can be overcome. She is adding a new chapter on her victory of cancer for the paperback version of her book, "From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By," to be published in September. More about Robin