Just finished working with an inspiring woman who has a wonderful story of triumphing over adversity. Breast cancer survivor Ladena Chitwood wasn’t just skating to win the bout, but to combat a disease that plagued her life.
The experienced, aggressive skater decked out in pink ribbons has a mean hip check. She’s more commonly known in the roller derby realm as Rinki Dink, and she skated with a vengeance Saturday.
Chitwood, 49, was living in Wisconsin when she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, considered the most advanced condition and incurable. The infection had spread to other organs and the prognosis was bleak.
“They told me I had six months to live,” she said. “But I’m still here and I skate.”
Chitwood underwent multiple surgeries before having a double mastectomy in September 2009. She received her first clean scan on July 1st, 2011 and has been cancer-free since.
A portion of Saturday’s Final Beat Down against Black Hills Roller Derby sales were donated to breast cancer research.
Enjoy the pictures and a few others from last week.
Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike Mike… Guess what day it is? Hump Day! That’s right, the Campbell County High School CAMELS won the State Swimming and Diving Championship last weekend.
We covered the weekend of preliminary and final heats. While shooting for other city papers and trying to come up for air every once and a while, I aimed to shoot some races a little different.
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