February 17, 2010 12:01 ET

U.S. Olympic Bobsledder Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

FRISCO, TX--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) -  2010 Winter Olympic Bobsledder, Emily Azevedo, a Chico, California native, was just a child when she found out her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"The doctors gave her a 50-50 chance of living five years if she had chemotherapy," said Azevedo. "She is now a 25-year survivor and continues to teach me daily that nothing is impossible."

A UC-Davis school record holder in the 100-meter hurdles, Azevedo credits her mother as a source of strength and inspiration in her pursuit for Olympic gold.

"My mother has dedicated her life to breast cancer awareness and advocating early detection," said Azevedo. "For as long as I can remember, October marks a house full of pink ribbons. I am sure my mother has saved many lives by raising awareness, and my hope is the recognition on our Bodyn bobsleds will help save many more."

As part of the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation's (USBSF) desire to give back, several of the athletes, coaches, and staff identified charities that had special meaning to their lives.

"This team has defined itself with its willingness to give back," said Darrin Steele, USBSF CEO. "The USBSF spends a great deal of time and effort asking for support in order to sustain our organization. These athletes have reminded us that we also have the means and the responsibility to give back to those organizations that have special meaning to our federation."

Azevedo selected the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF), whose mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.

Representatives from NBCF recently travelled to Park City, Utah to meet Emily and the USBSF team members and to show their support for their Olympic bid.

NBCF Spokesperson and COO, Kevin Hail, said of Azevedo, "I was inspired not only by her tenacious dedication to the sport, but also by her desire to use the Olympic spotlight to talk about an issue that affects the lives of millions of women across the world."

Hail continued, "Emily genuinely wants to do everything she can to help women facing breast cancer, and by using her Olympic influence to raise awareness of early detection, she is helping to save lives while competing for gold."

With her "nothing is impossible" persona, it's possible she could do both. Breast cancer survivors will certainly be rooting for her as she competes this week.

Coverage of Emily Azevedo and the USBSF Team begins today, Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, on NBC and its affiliate stations. Check your local listings for schedules and times.

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, NBCF's mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. NBCF provides Help for Today... Hope For Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Early Detection Plan®, MyNBCF online social community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information about NBCF, visit

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Douglas Feil
    National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
    2600 Network Blvd. Suite 300
    Frisco, TX 75034
    Phone: 972.248.9200
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