Lisa Leslie has accomplished just about anything a woman can do so in the game of basketball. She's hauled in Olympic gold four times, been a big part of three WNBA championship teams, and became the first woman to dunk in a game.
One might expect a woman who has done so much for the sport to settle down and rest on her accolades. But she isn't like the true champion after announcing her retirement in January of 2009.
"I want to spread awareness about liver cancer," said Leslie, who lost her step father to the terrible disease. "It means a lot to me that I move forward after basketball and help make an impact in other areas of life."
Prevention is key too and Leslie believes this is an area where many aren't informed. "We have to do a better job in making everyone aware about the availability of testing. It's important to get tested."
She added: "The liver is an important organ. The blood flows through it to all parts of your body. If you can detect it early, you have a chance to survive."
Leslie is teaming with Covidien (NYSE: COV), a world leader in advanced energy-based surgical systems and solutions, to launch www.MyLiverCancerOptions.com, a new educational Web site which provides information to help patients and their families understand the treatment options available to manage liver cancer.
The former Los Angeles Sparks won the Most Valuable Player award three times during the regular season. But she's hoping that what she is doing today has an even greater impact.
"I'm going to have a chance to visit hospitals and talk to doctors," she said. "I'm being given an opportunity to help out and do something. I feel this is an important part of my life that's about to start."