Originally Posted by aaron®
There is a longer story on www.wtatour.com
, she has certainly been very inspiring!
There is a much longer story on the Family Circle Cup website.
Corina Morariu named 2003 Player Who Makes A Difference
CHARLESTON, SC (March 26, 2003) -- Corina Morariu"s story may be a personal one but through her journey she has given inspiration and hope to millions of people. Family Circle magazine's Player Who Makes A Difference award is meant to honor women tennis players who dedicate their time and energy to worthwhile causes. As this year's recipient of the Player Who Makes A Difference award, Morariu takes this award to a new level. This recognition not only celebrates her victory over leukemia but it praises her commitment to increasing awareness and funding on the necessity of improved research to defeat cancer. "Family Circle magazine has always celebrated the strength of the human spirit and through our magazine we have reported many stories focused on the power of one person," stated Susan Ungaro, Editor-in-Chief of Family Circle magazine. "Two years ago Corina faced an opponent that shows no mercy but in the end she won that battle.
In the process her courage has given hope and inspiration to so many people fighting cancer." In 1992 the "Player Who Makes a Difference" award was created and over the past eleven years some of the most influential women in the history of women's professional tennis have received this award. Past PWMAD winners have included Zina Garrison, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver, Billie Jean King, Mary Joe Fernandez, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis and Chanda Rubin. The award sponsored by Family Circle magazine recognizes women professional tennis players who make outstanding contributions of both time and energy to worthy causes. Family Circle magazine donates $20,000 to the charity of the winner's choice. A selection committee made up of key officials from Family Circle magazine and WTA Tour chose this year's winner.
The presentation of the "Player Who Makes a Difference" award and check will be made on center court in a special ceremony following the evening singles match on Wednesday, April 9th, at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina (April 5-13). Morariu played her first pro event in 1996 and reached her first WTA Tour final a year later. In February of 1998 she broke into the Top 50 in the world for the first time in her career and by the summer her ranking had soared to a career high No. 29 in the world. Morariu won her first pro singles title in 1999 in Bol, Croatia. Over the course of her career she has also reached the finals of three other tour events. She has had terrific success on the court in doubles competition by winning 11 doubles championships. In 1999 she won her first Grand Slam doubles championship at Wimbledon with partner Lindsay Davenport. Two years later at the Australian Open, she captured another Grand Slam title this time in Mixed Doubles with partner Ellis Ferreira.
Morariu's commitment to certain causes is stronger than ever and even before her illness she helped start a number of important projects. In 2000 she made a grant to the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation for a college scholarship program for brain tumor patients or their children. At the time, she had no idea that in another year she would be faced with a life-threatening disease that would change her life forever. In May of 2001 she was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia -- a form of blood cancer that causes server internal bleeding. Over the course of the next 14 months she endured chemotherapy treatments and numerous setbacks but in the end she won the fight. Last summer with her leukemia in remission she returned to women's tennis with a renewed passion for her sport. In April of 2002 the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Morariu as their first International Sports Ambassador. She also serves on the Chairman's Advisory Council.
As their sports ambassador she will help build awareness of the Society's role in advancing improved treatments and research for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Following her appointment as International Sports Ambassador, Morariu traveled to Washington, D.C. as a member of the Blood Cancer Coalition to meet with a number of key politicians like U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh. As a member of the Blood Cancer Coalition she helped address legislators on the importance of research and the need to bring to the forefront critical issues in regards to a disease that affects the lives of millions of people every year. Last year Morariu also helped out four-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in his Ride for the Roses event in Austin, Texas. She served on a discussion panel, along with Armstrong, titled "Athletes Winning the War on Cancer." She continues to participate in special events throughout the year that focus on cancer research.
Morariu will use the $20,000 grant money to help fund the efforts of a number of projects through two organizations, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since 1949, the Society has provided more than $280 million dollars in research specifically targeting blood-related cancers. The Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation assist's brain-tumor patients and their families by funding care and support programs. The Foundation was founded in 1995 and has provided support to individuals and groups working to ease the burden of care for families and to enhance the quality of life for patients. "I want to thank Family Circle magazine for honoring me with this award," commented Morariu. "I have enjoyed my work with the Leukemia Society because I know first hand how important research can be in the fight against cancer.
This money will help those individuals who are continuing to fight the battle."
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