It is very hard even for an adult to be told that cancer is taking away her life. And how terrible would it feel when you are 12! But Cindy did not give up hearing such news. Of course, it was hard and very painful, but she survived. Carpe diem, she repeats all the time, catch the day. Illness changed her life in both directions – to worse and to better. She remained disabled and there is nothing good in it. But she learnt to appreciate every single moment of life, because if you have life, you have everything.
A natural athlete, she was already swimming and participating in track when she made the transition to the court when her doctor advised her to play wheelchair basketball. And only three years after that Cindy went on to represent Canada at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China, and captured a bronze medal at the world championship in 2010 in Birmingham, England. She also competed for Team Canada at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she won the gold medal on home soil at the women’s world championship in Toronto.
She says that life of every person (with disabilities or without them) is a challenge. Especially in sport. But she is happy to face challenges and to overcome them. She has no Paralympic medal yet, but the challenge is accepted! Good luck, Cindy.