United States sevens captain Jillion Potter to battle rare form of cancer for second time

Jillion Potter has been diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma for the second time.
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Jillion Potter has been diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma for the second time.

Sevens player Jillion Potter beat cancer to take her place in the United States team at the Rio Olympics.

Now she will have do it all over again.

The 30-year-old has been diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer which usually affects the joints of a person's arms, neck or legs, for a second time.

She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

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She took six months off the sport while she underwent chemotherapy.

After being given the all-clear, she returned to the field in 2015, regaining her spot in the United States team.

She was included in the side for the Olympics and named captain.

United States Rugby chief executive Dan Payne called for the rugby community to come together to support Potter.

"Jillion has been more than just an ambassador for USA Rugby and the global game. As we all know, she's brave; a courageous teammate in and out of rugby and an inspiration to all," he said in a press release.

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"This latest development, though heartbreaking, is an opportunity for the community to again stand behind one of our own as she fights cancer a second time. Like she plays on the field, Jillion will give her all, and we will be there with her every step of the way."

 

 - Stuff

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