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Emily Hoskins, a former patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, earned a gold medal as part of the U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team competing at the Paralympics in Beijing, China, this week.
The U.S. women defeated Germany 50 – 38 on September 15 to take the gold medal for the second consecutive Paralympics. Hoskins was also a member of the 2004 Paralympics team that won gold in Athens, Greece.
The two-time Paralympic gold medalist was 3 days old when she was brought to St. Jude for treatment of neuroblastoma, one of the most common solid tumors that affect children. Hoskins was born with the tumor that affects the sympathetic nervous system. The tumors severed her spine and damaged nerves in her legs, resulting in paralysis.
Along with being a cancer survivor, Hoskins, 25, adds her second Paralympic gold medal to her list of accomplishments including a gold medal at the 2007 Parapan American Games, championships at the 2008 North American Cup and the 2008 Osaka Cup, and she was named the 2004 National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Most Improved Player.