An Inspirational Story

  • By John Terry
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  • December 04, 2013 04:47 PM
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Kathi Hahn, wife of Mountaineer men's basketball staff member Billy Hahn, will be on the Today Show  Thursday morning to talk about her multiple battle with cancer.
Photo courtesy of ROOT Sports
Billy Hahn will be in Columbia, Mo., Thursday for West Virginia’s men’s basketball game against Missouri.
But for an hour tomorrow morning, his attention won’t be on basketball, but instead on The Today Show during the Kathie Lee & Hoda segment when his wife, Kathi, and daughter, Ashley, will be talking about Kathi’s two consecutive battles with cancer – first ovarian cancer, then acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
After beating cancer for the first time, the family was on vacation in South Carolina to celebrate when she then discovered a lump on her neck. Under the care of Dr. Michael Craig at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Kathi was able to beat the dreaded disease for a second time. Ashley, who is a teacher in Florida, took a medical leave of absence from her job to be with her mom during her battle.
“I can’t wait to see them on the show,” said Billy, now in his seventh year on the Mountaineer men's basketball staff. “They wanted me to come, but I told them this was something that they did. My wife is probably going to cry the entire segment, but I told her if she wants to cry, go ahead and cry.
“She beat it.”
Hahn said his daughter Ashley was home on Veteran’s Day watching the show when the “Everybody Has A Story” segment came on asking for viewers to email in their own stories.
On a whim, she emailed the producers telling them about her mother’s fight with cancer multiple times.
“The whole thing of them going on The Today Show tomorrow is something that I thought never would have happened,” Hahn said. “It’s amazing how miracles do happen.”
What Ashley didn’t tell the producers when she emailed them was that she had just written a book, “My Mom The Miracle: 1 Woman, 2 Cancers, 3 Years, 4-ever Grateful”, which not only told the story of Kathi’s struggle, but also what friends and family members of cancer patients experience as well.
“When she was in high school and went to Maryland, my daughter had trouble writing exams and papers,” Hahn recalled. “She is the one guardian angel for her mother and for me. What she’s done is absolutely amazing. When she puts something on her mind, she’s going to do it. The book made me cry. It made me laugh. It gave me great faith and motivation. That’s what that books all about.”
Kathi and Ashley will appear on the show during the 10 a.m. hour on NBC. Check your local listings for channels.

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