DU Alumnus Lacey Henderson has been nominated as a finalist for America's Choice Award. The winner will be announced during the Courage in Sports TV special on CBS November 13 at 5 pm ET.
When Lacey was in fourth grade, doctors detected a tumor in her right knee and diagnosed it as soft-tissue synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer with a low survival rate. After she fell violently ill from chemotherapy treatments, doctors were forced to amputate Lacey’s right leg, concluding it was her best chance for survival.
Despite the amputation in 1999, Lacey has never let the anything slow her down. She was a member on the cheerleading squads at both her high school and the University of Denver, and she refuses to give up her active lifestyle, continuing to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and gymnastics. She has now been cancer free for 12 years, and after taking up track and field just last year, she is training to qualify for the 2012 US Paralympics Team.