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Two-time breast cancer survivor Lisa Babey is Westwood's Sports Hero this week.

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Lisa Babey is a hero. I have been around her a couple of times and there is an aura about her. When others speak of her, their eyes glow. 

Babey has always been around sport. She has always loved sport. She was a dedicated athlete in tune with her body. Then it happened.

The ultimate foe. Cancer.  

Babey is a two-time breast cancer survivor.  Cancer attacked Babey in 2007 and again in 2011.  
"I felt like I had lost trust of my body" she said.  

Unless you have gone to war with cancer, you could never understand the magnitude of emotions and strength needed to overcome this brutal disease. It seems to me that the immeasurable strength within Babey that helped her overcome cancer is similar to the immeasurable inspiration she now gives to all around her.      

After her second bout with cancer, Babey decided she needed to get strong. The way she was before her body was invaded.  

She now trains at Elite Performance five days a week with Jeff Fisher.  

"Jeff and Elite not only positively impacted my body, but my mind as well," Babey said.

Jeff suggested that Babey challenge herself to two fitness events outside the gym.

Her first was Mud Hero, which is a six-kilometre course with 18 obstacles. She absolutely loved the experience. Her favourite obstacles were the rope climb and the fire hall wall slide. Babey will soon take part in a second fitness event of her choosing.  

Babey’s story is jaw-droppingly inspiring.  She is awesome, truly awesome. When she speaks in some detail about her journey, she makes you feel stronger.

I share with you these words as shared with me by Babey:

"Sixteen scars. A battle, it seems, with an unbeatable foe. Please God. Please.

"Now you know someone in your life that has been affected by cancer.

"I’m Lisa Babey, and I am a two-time breast cancer survivor."

Thank you, Lisa Babey, for all you are, and all you inspire.  

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.

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