Lowe is an American record holder for women’s high jump (indoor and outdoor), a 4-time Olympian (she took bronze in 2008), a 3-time World Championship medalist, and 12-time US National Champion. But one of her biggest challenges came in 2019, when she was diagnosed with triple-negative invasive ductal carcinoma, a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Not only was the mother of three scared about what this meant for her health and family, but the diagnosis also threatened her goal of competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Unfortunately, in April, Lowe and her entire family contracted COVID. Lingering effects took her out of qualifying competitions, including the the Olympic trials in Oregon at the end of June; she did not make Team USA and a fifth Olympic games.
She underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat the disease. She was awarded the NCAA Inspiration Award in 2021 for continuing to share her story in order to raise awareness and provide hope for others.
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