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June 06, 2013 | North America: Southern California

Mustering the Courage to do anything – Including Beating Cancer

By Karl Hejlik

Identical twin sisters Bernadette and Antoinette Valencia are athletes from southern California. Through involvement in Special Olympics, they say they have gotten the confidence to achieve many goals – going to college, coaching other athletes, and even battling cancer. In 2010, Antoinette was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She credits some of her recovery to support from her Special Olympics Southern California family. “I had supporters with me throughout my treatment,” she said. After a lengthy surgery, Antoinette received a clean bill of health.

About Karl Hejlik: Senior Manager, Health and Research Communications

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