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Meet Donna Hopkins

Donna J. Hopkins' Story
A Double "Breasted" Victory

It has been 17 years and I’m so excited about helping those who are impacted by breast cancer. I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to our Board of Directors, committee members, partners, sponsors and advisors who remain the driving forces in providing critical financial resources and support. With all of these resources and support, Hopkins Breast Cancer Inc. mission and vision will continue to propel the organization forward to the next level in helping those in the Washington Metropolitan area with breast cancer.

I am a native of Oak Hill, West Virginia, a graduate of Fairmont State College where I attended on scholarships in basketball and track. I earned degrees in Radio & Television Communication and Regents of Arts. After college, I moved to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area where I currently reside. I am a co-host/sports reporter for Tony McGee’s Pro Football Plus television show on Mid Atlantic Sports Net (MASN). Throughout the year, I make appearances on News Channel 8 Sports Talk in Washington, DC. I also am a host and analyst on CTV NFL Sideline Report during the NFL season.

I am an accomplished competitive athlete after college I played basketball for several years with both the Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Military base teams; and also competed regularly on Walter Reed Navy Medical Center Wheelchair basketball team. I currently compete in rowing for Medstar NRH Paralympic Sports Club and also run track.

I served as a board member for the Breast Cancer Care Foundation from 2000 to 2005. From 2000-2004, I served as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society to educate, increase awareness of breast cancer prevention, and early detection and survival for women. In 2001, Sears, the WNBA, the Washington Mystics and NABCO National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations selected me as the Local Breast Health Hero. In 2010, Under Armour launched a national search to choose three breast cancer survivors to represent them in their Power in Pink national campaign, and I was chosen as one of the three to represent Under Armour in 2011. UA Power in Pink® celebrates the many women who use fitness and exercise to stay healthy, and serves as a platform to help raise awareness about breast health. To see my video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7guybZaQ1U. As part of Homecoming 2014 for Fairmont State University, six exceptional alumni were honored at the annual Alumni Awards Brunch and also as a part of homecoming 2014, Donna received the Outstanding Alumni Award. In April 20, 2015, I was honored to receive the 2015 Lombardi Spirit of Life Award during the 10th Annual Women & Wine event which benefits the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Spirit of Life award is “given to a woman who exemplifies character and leadership in promoting breast cancer research and awareness, while instilling hope and a spirit of life in all who meet her. I was honored to be the 2015 Fairmont State College Commencement Speaker.

It is amazing how things can hit you in your life, that you never expected would come your way, and how these things will change you and your life forever. Hearing that I had breast cancer did not mean the end for me. This is my 17th year as a survivor. I was diagnosed in April of 1997 and again in 1999 with breast cancer. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get breast cancer, not only once, but twice. However, I beat the odds and I’m still the winner and not breast cancer. Early detection, regular self-breast examinations, regular doctors' visits and annual mammograms played an integral role in the disease being caught in time and to my survival. In 1997, I discovered through self-examination a lump in my breast that was diagnosed as cancerous. Having undergone my annual mammogram, in 1999 cancer was once again detected. I thought that confronting cancer twice was the most challenging thing I would have to overcome, but in 2010, I had an unforeseeable medical disaster that caused me to lose the lower part of my left leg. I don’t even know how to really put into words how flabbergasted I was by this ordeal, because what was supposed to be a short hospital stay turned into 2 ½ months in the hospital, 3 hospitals and 6 surgeries and almost losing my life twice. Confronting this adversity was trying, but I contribute my positive outlook on life and attitude and faith as the factors in surviving all I have been through. My motto is that I am the winner in everything that I’ve been through and I stand with the gold medal of life.

Cancer has no respect of person, and it does not discriminate. Unlike many, I had health insurance had I not the ordeal would have been so much more traumatic. There are so many women who do not have and cannot afford health insurance. I know the feeling that engulfs you when you hear the words, “You have breast cancer.” It is awful when confronted with these words, but it is even more devastating when you don’t have access to adequate health care. The expense, stress and anxiety that patients with breast cancer and their families confront can be overwhelming.

These realties are the impetus that propelled me to establish The Hopkins Breast Cancer, Inc., The Helping Hand in the Community. On behalf of the cancer patients who will benefit from our efforts we at Hopkins Breast Cancer Inc. will continue to grow and spread our wings to help those suffering with breast cancer.


Donna J. Hopkins


Hoop It Up For Breast Cancer

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Meet Donna Hopkins

In April of 1997 and again in 1999, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get breast cancer, not only once, but twice. However, I beat the odds! Read more...
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