Running, Surfing, Triathlon
At ten years old, competitive soccer player Breezy received news that would change her life and alter her dreams. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer on her left thigh, and would need to amputate her leg above the knee to save her life. Although some of the big medical terms eluded her, she understood the journey ahead and moved forward with nothing but a positive attitude, inspiring everyone around her.
Breezy was given hope for a good quality of life after amputation from her role model and Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) spokesperson, Sarah Reinertsen. “She was the first woman with a prosthetic to complete a full Ironman; maybe I’ll be the youngest.”
Since her fight with cancer and leg amputation, Breezy has been determined to overcome her limitations. She races triathlons, surfs, runs, and has won awards like the Challenged Athlete of the Year at the 2014 Endurance Live Awards in San Diego, Calif. She inspires and mentors others, like fellow cancer survivor, Alex Henry. She gives motivational talks and has given a TEDx talk in La Jolla, California. She’s also a singer, and has sung the national anthem at sporting events, at CAF events, and she has even sung on-stage with the band Switchfoot!
With the incredible support of her family, local community, and CAF, Breezy has overcome her diagnosis through the power of sport.