Regular readers here know that I’m a cynical bastard and deserve to be flogged. Preferably by ….. oh, wait, you probably don’t need, or want, to know that. Anyway, Big Star (who provided the pic I am using today) brought a story to my attention that is a little off my beaten path.
Oh, don’t worry, it involves a smoking hot cheerleader and lots of perky bouncing and stuff. But it also has this unusual feel good element that is very unlike me. You see, Corina Jane, like our cookbook contributor Ann Sheehan once was, is a member of the Adrenaline Rush Dancers. That is the cheer squad for, indoor football’s biggest stars, The Chicago Rush.
She’s also a cancer survivor.
Did you know that if you Google “smoking hot cancer survivor” you will end up on a Kylie Minogue video shoot? Now you do.
That’s not bad company to keep as far as I’m concerned.
Anyway, Corina took a few moments out of her busy schedule to chat with me, remind me that she has a boyfriend and talk about her new goal; representing the Rush at the upcoming Arena Bowl.
JTJ: You’ve been a cheerleader for the Chicago Rush since last year. Have you always been a part of cheer squads?
CJ: I love being part of dance teams because there is a friendship among the girls that is so unique and special. I joined my first dance team in high school then I was on my college danceline in Louisiana. I took a couple years off after graduation and my diagnosis and I missed being part of a dance team so bad. That’s probably one of the many reasons why I appreciate this team so much.
JTJ: Almost four year ago you were diagnosed with Leukemia. How badly did that disrupt your life?
CJ: I was diagnosed in 2009 and it came as a huge shock. I was getting ready to move to Texas for graduate school and was diagnosed 5 days before I was scheduled to leave. I reluctantly had to change my plans because I thought it would be best for me to be with my family as I went through treatment. The first few months were really bad. As the medication treated my bone marrow I experienced a lot of bone pain and nausea. For awhile I could not walk and I was terrified that I would never dance again. I will always be on my medication but I am so very lucky that I have minimal symptoms now.
JTJ: When did you finally realize that you’d made that turn and could beat cancer?
CJ: I don’t think it was ever a question for me. I didn’t know how my body would react but my mind was determined to kick the little monster to the curb from day one. I realized that my body was doing what I wanted when my white blood count began dropping shortly after I started treatment.
JTJ: You and your boyfriend both attend Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Does it bother him having you spend so much time in Chicago?
CJ: I am actually very lucky because I got a Texas boy to move up here and be with me. If you know anyone from Texas you know how hard it is to get them up north!
(ED NOTE: B3’s last ex-wife is from Texas)
JTJ: You were nominated to represent the Rush at the Arena Bowl. What would that entail if you make the final cut?
CJ: I would get to be a part of the Net 10 dream team at the ArenaBowl in New Orleans. From what I hear I would be dancing all day and working my butt off but it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity! I would also get to see many of my Louisiana family and not to mention eat some good Louisiana food!
JTJ: Where can fans find you online and when can they vote to help you get to the Arena Bowl?
CJ: I have a facebook page online where I will be keeping everyone updated on the voting process. It is http://www.facebook.com/VoteForCorina. The voting will take place at arenafootball.com
Thank you in advance to all those that decide to vote for me!
JTJ: You’re welcome.
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