Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor Dorothy Hamill | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2

Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor Dorothy Hamill | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2


GUEST IS THE LEGENDARY DOROTHY
HAMILL WHO BOUGHT HER OWN BATTLE HAMILL WHO BOUGHT HER OWN BATTLE
WITH BREAST CANCER. WITH BREAST CANCER.
I SPOKE WITH HER THIS MORNING. I SPOKE WITH HER THIS MORNING.
>>>DOROTHY, IT’S SO NICE TO SEE>>>DOROTHY, IT’S SO NICE TO SEE
YOU. YOU.
>>THANK YOU, NICE TO SEE YOU.>>THANK YOU, NICE TO SEE YOU.
>>Derrick: READING THROUGH>>Derrick: READING THROUGH
YOUR BIO, IT’S PRETTY STUNNING. YOUR BIO, IT’S PRETTY STUNNING.
MOST PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU, YOU MOST PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU, YOU
BURST ON TO THE STAGE 19 YEARS BURST ON TO THE STAGE 19 YEARS
OLD, 1976 WHEN YOU WON THE GOLD OLD, 1976 WHEN YOU WON THE GOLD
MEDAL. MEDAL.
>>YES.>>YES.
>>Derrick: SINCE THEN IT’S>>Derrick: SINCE THEN IT’S
REALLY INCREDIBLE TO WATCH YOUR REALLY INCREDIBLE TO WATCH YOUR
CAREER. CAREER.
YOU’VE REALLY BECOME AN ADVOCATE YOU’VE REALLY BECOME AN ADVOCATE
NOT JUST FOR BREAST CANCER BUT NOT JUST FOR BREAST CANCER BUT
SO MANY CAUSES. SO MANY CAUSES.
WHAT DRIVES THAT? WHAT DRIVES THAT?
>>FIRST OF ALL, I’M JUST A DUMB>>FIRST OF ALL, I’M JUST A DUMB
ICE SKATER IS WHAT I SAY BUT YOU ICE SKATER IS WHAT I SAY BUT YOU
NEVER KNOW HOW YOU WILL CONNECT NEVER KNOW HOW YOU WILL CONNECT
WITH SOMEONE. WITH SOMEONE.
I WAS SO LUCKY TO HAVE SO MANY I WAS SO LUCKY TO HAVE SO MANY
AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES AND AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES AND
SKATING LED TO SO MANY DIFFERENT SKATING LED TO SO MANY DIFFERENT
THINGS SO I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO THINGS SO I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO
BE HELPFUL TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BE HELPFUL TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE
PHYSICAL CHALLENGES OR EMOTIONAL PHYSICAL CHALLENGES OR EMOTIONAL
CHALLENGES BETWEEN BREAST CANCER CHALLENGES BETWEEN BREAST CANCER
AND DEPRESSION AND SPECIAL NEEDS AND DEPRESSION AND SPECIAL NEEDS
CHILDREN. CHILDREN.
THE ONE WAY I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE ONE WAY I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO
GIVING BACK. GIVING BACK.
>>Derrick: THAT’S FANTASTIC.>>Derrick: THAT’S FANTASTIC.
YOU’VE ALSO BEEN VERY PUBLIC TO YOU’VE ALSO BEEN VERY PUBLIC TO
THE FACT YOU ARE A BREAST CANCER THE FACT YOU ARE A BREAST CANCER
SURVIVOR. SURVIVOR.
YOUR ISSUES WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS. YOUR ISSUES WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS.
WAS THERE EVER A TIME WHEN YOU WAS THERE EVER A TIME WHEN YOU
FELT A LITTLE EXPOSED GOING SO FELT A LITTLE EXPOSED GOING SO
PUBLIC WITH SUCH PERSONAL PUBLIC WITH SUCH PERSONAL
THINGS? THINGS?
>>NOT SO MUCH.>>NOT SO MUCH.
I DO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR I DO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR
PEOPLE TO BE AWARE THAT PEOPLE TO BE AWARE THAT
EVERYTHING CAN LOOKS ROSY AND EVERYTHING CAN LOOKS ROSY AND
WONDERFUL AND FAME AND ALL OF WONDERFUL AND FAME AND ALL OF
THAT AND NOTORIETY. THAT AND NOTORIETY.
BUT I THINK IT’S COMFORTING TO BUT I THINK IT’S COMFORTING TO
KNOW SOMEONE ELSE IS STRUGGLING KNOW SOMEONE ELSE IS STRUGGLING
WITH THINGS, REAL LIFE PROBLEMS. WITH THINGS, REAL LIFE PROBLEMS.
I NEVER REALLY FELT EXPOSED. I NEVER REALLY FELT EXPOSED.
I JUST FEEL LIKE IT’S A DUTY. I JUST FEEL LIKE IT’S A DUTY.
I OWE IT TO SCIENCE OR RESEARCH I OWE IT TO SCIENCE OR RESEARCH
FOR BREAST CANCER. FOR BREAST CANCER.
I WAS THE BAY STREETARY OF THE I WAS THE BAY STREETARY OF THE
RESEARCH AND I FEEL AN RESEARCH AND I FEEL AN
OBLIGATION TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE. OBLIGATION TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE.
>>Derrick: THAT’S REALLY>>Derrick: THAT’S REALLY
COOL. COOL.
TODAY YOU ARE THE FEATURED GUEST TODAY YOU ARE THE FEATURED GUEST
HERE TODAY. HERE TODAY.
>>HELP!>>HELP!
>>Derrick: AT THE BREAST>>Derrick: AT THE BREAST
CANCER LUNCHEON. CANCER LUNCHEON.
WHAT IMPRESSES YOU MOST ABOUT WHAT IMPRESSES YOU MOST ABOUT
THE LEGACY OF NANCY OWENS? THE LEGACY OF NANCY OWENS?
BECAUSE SHE WAS A FIXTURE HERE BECAUSE SHE WAS A FIXTURE HERE
IN HOUSTON. IN HOUSTON.
>>SHE WAS.>>SHE WAS.
AND SO BEAUTIFUL. AND SO BEAUTIFUL.
THREE TIMES SHE’S BATTLED WITH THREE TIMES SHE’S BATTLED WITH
IT. IT.
PEOPLE DON’T REALLY KNOW THAT PEOPLE DON’T REALLY KNOW THAT
MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER TOO MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER TOO
BUT THE FACT THAT RAISING THE BUT THE FACT THAT RAISING THE
MONEY FOR RESEARCH, I THINK MONEY FOR RESEARCH, I THINK
PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF BREAST PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF BREAST
CANCER. CANCER.
IT’S NOT THE AWARENESS, IT’S THE IT’S NOT THE AWARENESS, IT’S THE
RESEARCH. RESEARCH.
I WAS VERY LUCKY WHEN I WAS I WAS VERY LUCKY WHEN I WAS
DIAGNOSED 2007 THAT THE PROTOCOL DIAGNOSED 2007 THAT THE PROTOCOL
FOR MY KIND OF BREAST CANCER WAS FOR MY KIND OF BREAST CANCER WAS
TREATED MORE CONSERVATIVELY. TREATED MORE CONSERVATIVELY.
I DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE CHEMO AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE CHEMO AND
IT WAS RIGHT ON THE CUTTING EDGE IT WAS RIGHT ON THE CUTTING EDGE
OF WHEN THE DOCTORS REALIZED OF WHEN THE DOCTORS REALIZED
THAT CHEMO WASN’T GOING TO THAT CHEMO WASN’T GOING TO
BENEFIT ME ANYMORE. BENEFIT ME ANYMORE.
SURGERY, LUMPECTOMY AND SURGERY, LUMPECTOMY AND
RADIATION AND YEARS OF RADIATION AND YEARS OF
TAMOXIFEN, THOSE KINDS OF DRUGS TAMOXIFEN, THOSE KINDS OF DRUGS
BUT IT’S THE FIRST TIME I BUT IT’S THE FIRST TIME I
ACTUALLY HAD TO WORRY ABOUT OH, ACTUALLY HAD TO WORRY ABOUT OH,
MY GOSH, IF I HAVE CHEMO, WHAT MY GOSH, IF I HAVE CHEMO, WHAT
DODO I DO WITHOUT MY HAIR. DODO I DO WITHOUT MY HAIR.
IT’S LIKE OH, NO! IT’S LIKE OH, NO!
THOSE KIND OF THINGS YOU DON’T THOSE KIND OF THINGS YOU DON’T
REALLY THINK ABOUT UNTIL YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT UNTIL YOU
REALLY HAVE TO. REALLY HAVE TO.
SO I THINK HER LEGACY IS CLEARLY SO I THINK HER LEGACY IS CLEARLY
IMPORTANT FOR THE RESEARCH. IMPORTANT FOR THE RESEARCH.
>>Derrick: AND THE FOUNDATION>>Derrick: AND THE FOUNDATION
LIVES ON TODAY. LIVES ON TODAY.
AS LONG AS YOU BROUGHT IT UP, I AS LONG AS YOU BROUGHT IT UP, I
GOT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE GOT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE
HAIRCUT. HAIRCUT.
BECAUSE IN THE ’76 WHEN YOU WON BECAUSE IN THE ’76 WHEN YOU WON
THE GOLD AND THE WORLD THE GOLD AND THE WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP RIGHT AFTER THAT, CHAMPIONSHIP RIGHT AFTER THAT,
WERE YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR WERE YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR
HAIRSTYLE TO INFLUENCE A WHOLE HAIRSTYLE TO INFLUENCE A WHOLE
GENERATION OF HAIRSTYLES? GENERATION OF HAIRSTYLES?
>>NO, AND I FEEL AS THOUGH I>>NO, AND I FEEL AS THOUGH I
NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO PEOPLE WHO NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO PEOPLE WHO
HAD THEIR HAIRCUT AND IT EITHER HAD THEIR HAIRCUT AND IT EITHER
DIDN’T WORK OR THEM OR IT WASN’T DIDN’T WORK OR THEM OR IT WASN’T
CUT WELL AND I WAS VERY LUCKY, I CUT WELL AND I WAS VERY LUCKY, I
ALWAYS HAD SHORT HAIR AND I ALWAYS HAD SHORT HAIR AND I
HATED IT SO I TRIED TO GET HATED IT SO I TRIED TO GET
SOMETHING STYLISH SO THAT THAT T SOMETHING STYLISH SO THAT THAT T
THE LAST THING I EVER THOUGHT THE LAST THING I EVER THOUGHT
WOULD HAPPEN. WOULD HAPPEN.
OF COURSE NOW IT’S ALL GRAY AND OF COURSE NOW IT’S ALL GRAY AND
IT’S LIKE FISHING WIRE. IT’S LIKE FISHING WIRE.
I HAVE HAIR. I HAVE HAIR.
>>Derrick: YOU DO.>>Derrick: YOU DO.
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT YOUR LIFE
AND AGAIN, I KNOW YOU WERE AND AGAIN, I KNOW YOU WERE
INVOLVED WITH BIG BROTHERS, BIG INVOLVED WITH BIG BROTHERS, BIG
SISTERS AMERICA, THE AMERICAN SISTERS AMERICA, THE AMERICAN
CANCER SOCIETY, AMERICAN AIDS CANCER SOCIETY, AMERICAN AIDS
FOUNDATION. FOUNDATION.
>>YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK!>>YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
>>Derrick: I KNOW YOU’RE A>>Derrick: I KNOW YOU’RE A
BUSY WOMAN. BUSY WOMAN.
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT
VOLUNTEERISM AND YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERISM AND YOUR TIME
INVOLVED IN THE NON-PROFIT WORLD INVOLVED IN THE NON-PROFIT WORLD
AND THE GOLD MEDAL WIN, AND THE GOLD MEDAL WIN,
CHAMPIONSHIP WIN, PRIME TIME CHAMPIONSHIP WIN, PRIME TIME
SPECIALS, WHAT ARE YOU MOST SPECIALS, WHAT ARE YOU MOST
PROUD OF? PROUD OF?
>>OH, HMM.>>OH, HMM.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M MOST PROUD I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M MOST PROUD
OF. OF.
MOST PEOPLE WOULD SAY THE MOST PEOPLE WOULD SAY THE
OLYMPICS. OLYMPICS.
BUT IT WAS A STEPPING STONE. BUT IT WAS A STEPPING STONE.
EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LIFELONG EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LIFELONG
DREAM AT 19 TO COME THROUGH AND DREAM AT 19 TO COME THROUGH AND
I FANTASIZED AND DREAMT ABOUT I FANTASIZED AND DREAMT ABOUT
IT. IT.
I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW.
I LOVE WORKING WITH ADULTS I LOVE WORKING WITH ADULTS
BECAUSE THEY JUST ARE LIKE BECAUSE THEY JUST ARE LIKE
SPONGES AND THEY WANT TO LEARN SPONGES AND THEY WANT TO LEARN
AND REALLY THE ONLY THING I CAN AND REALLY THE ONLY THING I CAN
CONTRIBUTE IS MY TIME AND MY CONTRIBUTE IS MY TIME AND MY
LOVE FOR WHAT I USED TO DO. LOVE FOR WHAT I USED TO DO.
MY PASSION IS SKATING. MY PASSION IS SKATING.
I LOVE WORKING WITH YOUNGSTERS I LOVE WORKING WITH YOUNGSTERS
WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
SPINA BIFIDA BECAUSE IT BRINGS SPINA BIFIDA BECAUSE IT BRINGS
ME JOY, IT BRING THEM JOY ME JOY, IT BRING THEM JOY
BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW ME FROM BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW ME FROM
ADAM. ADAM.
THEIR PARENTS WEREN’T EVEN BORN THEIR PARENTS WEREN’T EVEN BORN
WHEN I WAS SKATING AT THE WHEN I WAS SKATING AT THE
OLYMPICS. OLYMPICS.
I JUST LOVE SEEING THE JOY AND I JUST LOVE SEEING THE JOY AND
THE SMILES. THE SMILES.
I GUESS THAT’S WHAT I’M PROBABLY I GUESS THAT’S WHAT I’M PROBABLY
MOST PROUD OF. MOST PROUD OF.
>>Derrick: THAT’S REALLY>>Derrick: THAT’S REALLY
COOL. COOL.
YOU’RE VERY HUMBLED LADY AND I’M

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