Eighteen years ago Lorraine Harris-Fox beat breast cancer. Today she’ll join her son to spread awareness and have some Mother’s Day weekend fun.
De’Aaron Fox was only two years old when his mother underwent six months of chemotherapy and radiation. He didn’t understand it at the time, but now Fox wants to help others fight just as hard as his mother did to beat cancer.
That’s why today the former Kentucky Wildcat point guard is hosting a Jr. Kings Clinic in Sacramento to raise breast cancer awareness. Many women who have beat breast cancer will bring their children to the Kings’ practice facility to play their kids in basketball. In the middle of all the fun, Fox will be joined by his mother to help the children understand what it takes to fight breast cancer.
“My role is basically another voice saying that ‘I’m still in the fight. I’m an 18-year survivor,’ ” Harris-Fox told The Undefeated, “and just kind of telling my story so maybe newly diagnosed women see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Breast cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Early detection is important, and so if you do the early detection and you get your treatment early, you have a 95 percent success rate. Women need to know that.”
Unfortunately, Lorraine Harris-Fox has a knee fracture and will be unable to play today. However, I think it only further reinforces that she’s a fighter.