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Surviving Cancer: Betsy Bobo's story

22-year survivor encourages healthy diet

February 6, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - In honor of MT Women's Basketball's Play 4Kay Power of Pink game on Saturday, Feb. 8, GoBlueRaiders.com is highlighting a few Blue Raider supporters that have survived their battle with cancer.

Today highlights 22-year cancer survivor and Blue Raider fan Betsy Bobo.

Bobo went in for a routine mammogram in 1992 and everything came out clear back. However her physician caught it, thus causing for a biopsy. Although her surgeon and physician thought there was nothing wrong, the biopsy indeed brought those dreaded markings of cancer.

"There was so many things running in my head," said Bobo. "You don't know what is going to happen to you. But I had the encouragement from my physicians and family do what I needed to do. I have no regrets."

Just a few days after her initial findings of cancer, Bobo had surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. And since 1993, she has been cancer free. Bobo encourages a simple healthy life style and hopes that this weekend's Play 4Kay Power of Pink event will make that impact on someone's life.

"Just make sure that everyone keeps tabs on their body," Bobo said. "You need to always keep that physical outlook. Exercise and eating correctly are important. It's the simple things."

No. 21 Middle Tennessee returns to the Murphy Center this Saturday for the annual Play 4Kay Power of Pink game against Rice at 2 p.m. All fans that wear pink to the game can purchase a discounted $5 ticket. The Blue Raiders will auction all 15 of the exclusive game-worn pink uniforms immediately following the game. Proceeds from the auctioned jerseys will be split between the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation's Power of Pink fund. Fans can also donate online to Play 4Kay by clicking here.

Prior to the game, select cancer survivors will be introduced and stand with the Blue Raiders during the national anthem. Thanks to local sponsors, special Play 4Kay t-shirts will be thrown out in the stands throughout the game. After the contest, the entire 2013-14 Blue Raider squad will sign autographs on the main floor of Murphy Center.

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