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Cancer survivor model of strength to teammates

Rachael Donaldson was one of the most competitive players on Fresno State's softball team. That attitude -- and a little help from some friends -- was key in surviving cancer.

Updated: September 9, 2006, 11:58 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Do you define what you are, or are you defined by it?

How do you ever really know, unless who you think you are is taken away?

Rachael Donaldson loved nothing more than crouching behind the plate while running the show for the Fresno State Bulldogs. But when cancer separated her from the game she loved, threatening to first take her leg and then her life, Donaldson took charge one more time, calling the best game of her life to beat the disease.

And although cancer ultimately left ...

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