Friday, September 21, 2012
Robin Roberts Undergoes Bone Marrow Transplant
Good Morning American anchorwoman Robin Roberts underwent bone marrow transplant operation on Thursday September 21st.. During Thursday’s 90-minute procedure, Roberts was surrounded by her closest friends, family and some co-workers. Roberts is suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a disorder spurred by her treatment for breast cancer last year. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 18,000 people develop MDS each year — with several hundred of those cases resulting from cancer treatment.
Roberts was born on November 23, 1960, in Pass Christian, MS; daughter of Lawrence Roberts ,a retired Air Force colonel and a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen unit during World War II and Lucimarian Roberts , a former Mississippi state school board chairperson
Robins grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi , where she played basketball and tennis , among other sports. She attended Pass Christian High School and graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian . In 1983, Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women's basketball team, ending her career as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder
She worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, MS from 1983 to 1984 and WLOX-TV in Biloxi, MS from 1984 to 1986
Robin was ESPN's first on-air black anchorwoman , the first black female host of Wide World of Sports, and the first woman ever to host a network televised National Football League pre-game show.
PND: Prayers and good wishes for Mississippi native, Robin Roberts.