Bertie's Jessica Breland Battles Cancer To Get Back On Court

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 15 North Carolina isn't taking anything for granted anymore.

Standout forward Jessica Breland out of Bertie High School learned that lesson when cancer robbed her of a season. Her Tar Heels teammates picked up a different version of that lesson once the defeats kept mounting.

Maybe that's why No. 15 North Carolina seems more optimistic than usual at the start of what it hopes is a bounce-back season.

Breland is healthy and back on the court. And the Tar Heels desperately want to rebound from a miserable 2009-10 by getting back to the rebound-and-run ways that have become coach Sylvia Hatchell's trademark.

Breland might be the best comeback story in women's basketball this season. She says she's 100 percent healthy after missing last season to fight Hodgkin's lymphoma.


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  • by Sheri Location: Jamesville on Nov 29, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    All the best Jessica. I wish you much happiness and success!
  • by jessica Location: windsor on Nov 22, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    thank god she is back girl you will make it and may god bless you and your family.she is a great b-ball player all of bertie is on your side.
  • by Tammy Location: ENC on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    This is great news...this is the news we LOVE to hear!! Hope all goes well!!
  • by Mack Location: East of I-95 on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    You go girl!!
  • by Heels Fan Location: ENC on Nov 10, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    Best of luck to you. May your health continue to improve. God bless and GO HEELS!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    Welcome back Jessica. Such good news!!! Happy for you and happy for the Tar Heels. Go Lady Heels!!!!
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