Olympic Champion Helps Local Organization Fight Cancer
Olympic Champion Helps Local Organization Fight Cancer Video by kmir6.comvideo
PALM DESERT- Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill is in the desert and she's lending her support to local cancer patients.
Hamill is participaing in Big Horn Bam's Miracle on El Paseo this Saturday. The event raises money for equipment and support for cancer patients. Hamill will do the honoray lighting of the Christmas tree.
Life threw the figure skating champion a twist four years ago, when doctors told her she had breast cancer.
"As a competitor you learn to win and you learn to lose," said Hamill.
But that competitive spirit helped her get through her battle with cancer.
"I have a responsibility doing what I can to help others," said Hamill.
That's why Hamill is lending her support to cancer patients in the Coachella Valley.
"We have to figure out a way where everyone can get the same type of help and medical access," said Hamill.
Hamill considers herself one of the luckys ones. At 56 years old she's cancer free and for the first time in awhile getting back on the ice. She's training for her upcoming tour with stars on ice.
"I still love the freedom and the music and the wind at my face," said Hamill. "Skating is sort of my therapy and it's nice to be able to feel well enough to do it."
Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.