October 2007

On a mission

Amy Hughes still remembers the moment, 10 years ago, when she hit rock bottom.

"They said I had breast cancer, stage III," she said. "It had spread to my lymph nodes. I didn't know anybody who had that because once that happens, well, that's usually it.

"I said, 'Who is going to take care of my children?' And there was a nurse there, I'll never forget, who just said, 'You are.' And from then on, my state of mind was, 'I'm going to do it.'"

Read all about how Amy Hughes defeated breast cancer and what she and her family are doing to raise awareness about the disease in the October issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Feelin' a mile high
by Melissa Bowman

Sixteen-year-old Michelle Hanabusa turned in a captivating performance to Sinead O'Connor's "Why Don't You Do Right" en route to her third consecutive National Showcase title.

'Flipped out'
by Sandra Stevenson

Though only 15 and in her first year competing on the junior level, 2007 U.S. novice champion Angela Maxwell holds herself to a high standard.