Women Helping Women
Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 09:50 PM EDT
The most decorated American Olympic gymnast ever is heading to the mountains. Shannon Miller is sharing her story of survival to help those who need it most.
Miller took gold on the balance beam at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, said by Skype she met a bigger challenge 15 years later later when diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
"I went through chemotherapy, surgery and am now on the other side of it which is fantastic and hoping to use my story to help other women," said Shannon.
The 36-year-old mother of two from Jacksonville, Florida, now has her own website promoting fitness. She's speaking in Hendersonville Thursday and Friday to help the Pardee Hospital Foundation to provide hope to women without healthcare resources.
"We'll raise about $130,000 this week," said Executive Director Kim Hinkleman. "100% of those dollars go back to women who need help."
"It's ok to reach out and ask for help because there are so many who are willing to help and want to help," said Shannon.
Since 1998, Women Helping Women has raised $1.6 million supporting more than 1,000 women in several ways.
"Mammogram, treatments, follow-up therapies, whatever they need that's not covered that they need financial help with," said Hinkleman.
The program is only getting stronger with a champion championing the cause.
Women Helping Women lunch and dinner events are Thursday and Friday. For information, click here.