Wednesday, January 19, 2011

After Successfully Fighting Cancer UNC's Jessica Breland Is Back On The Court

Those who know North Carolina junior center Jessica Breland refer to her heart of gold and how she has a sweet spirit.

Those who go up against Breland on the basketball court will tell you about her soft shooting touch and her tenacity on defense.

Breland is all that. Following her junior season at North Carolina Breland led the league in blocked shots while averaging double figures in points and among the top rebounders in the ACC. She was becoming one of the top all-around players in the country.

Then cancer reared its ugly head. For more, read this article I wrote for

Breland's mission now is to help kids who suffer from this dreadful disease. on November 7th the North Carolina women's basketball program and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center kicked off Jessica Breland's "Comeback For Kids Fund" providing support for cancer research and treatment at UNC’s pediatric oncology program with a gala known as "Rhinestones and Rebounds."

Here's more of Jessica's story told in her own words, her father Charles Breland and North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell.

The "Rhinestones and Rebounds" gala kick started Jessica Breland's foundation raising $57,200.

If you would like to make a gift to the Comeback For Kids fund, go to

Photo Courtesy: CHUCK LIDDY / Raleigh News Observer

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