USA Rugby has been rocked by the news that experienced international player Jillion Potter has been diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma.
Following her Women’s World Cup 2014 campaign in France, Potter took time away from rugby to receive care for the rare form of cancer.
Over the course of six months, she underwent aggressive chemotherapy – all the while fitting in exercise and workouts – and eventually beat cancer to return to the Eagles. A year later, she was in USA’s Rio Sevens squad.
“Jillion has been more than just an ambassador for USA Rugby and the global game,” CEO Dan Payne told USA Rugby. “As we all know, she is brave; a courageous team-mate in and out of rugby and an inspiration to all.
“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.”
“Jillion has an army of USA Rugby fans,” Payne added. “Or, more appropriately, an army of Jillion Potter fans, of which I am one. I know I speak for the community when I say we’re standing right behind her.”