The Flint Monarchs, a member of the semi-professional Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, honored Alma College women's basketball coach Keisha Brown during the team's breast cancer awareness
game on July 16.
Brown, who has coached the Michigan school's women's basketball team since 2009, has been battling breast cancer since 2007, the Flint Journal reports. The former standout basketball player at Tulane University is making breast cancer survivors and supporters news.
Since being diagnosed, Brown, 39, has endured multiple surgeries and 30 rounds of radiation. All the while, basketball helped her maintain focus.
"Breast cancer or any disease or illness can really rob you of your spirit and your joy and your zest, but having basketball and that motivation that I wanted to be there for my kids helped me to mentally say that cancer was not going to control me," Brown told the news source.
For her courage, Brown was honored at halftime of the Monarchs game. The team presented her with the Monarch Inspiration Award and a pink basketball signed by the entire Monarchs family. Other breast cancer survivors were also honored throughout the evening.
Brown and the many women honored at the game aren't alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 American women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.