At 24 years old in 2015, Olivia Quigley, who has autism, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. One month after her diagnosis, Olivia was invited to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, an event for which she had spent years training. After five months of chemotherapy treatments, and one month shy of completing treatment, Olivia was determined to participate in the World Games in Los Angeles. Despite fatigue and pain, Olivia won two gold medals and one silver medal in 2015, all of which she dedicated to women around the world currently battling breast cancer. Olivia turned her experience into a platform to share her story and inspire others to never give up.
Olivia is the first person with ID to be honored by the Komen Foundation. Olivia will be featured this Friday, October 21st at 3:45pm EST on the Susan G. Komen social media accounts (Facebook: @Susan G. Komen, Twitter: @SusanGKomen). All honorees will be featured over the course of the “More than pink” campaign.
For more information visit: http://ww5.komen.org/TheList/