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Australian basketball star Tiana Mangakahia (photo), who is playing in the United States, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June, causing her family to be alarmed
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Australian basketball star Tiana Mangakahia, who is playing in the United States, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June, which alarmed her family.

The 24-year-old, who is a point guard playing at Syracuse University in New York, became public about her illness in July and was told to undergo eight cancer treatments.

Now the Mangakahia family has one GoFundMe page to raise money to fly to the US to support their daughter during her chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

& # 39; At only 24 years of age and with no family history of breast cancer, we were destroyed and in shock & # 39 ;, wrote her mother, Cynthia Mangakahia.

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& # 39; I never thought this would happen to my baby. & # 39;

Australian basketball star Tiana Mangakahia (photo), who is playing in the United States, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June, causing her family to be alarmed

Australian basketball star Tiana Mangakahia (photo), who is playing in the United States, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June, causing her family to be alarmed

The 24-year-old point guard for Syracuse University in New York talked about her illness in July and was told to undergo eight cancer treatments

The 24-year-old point guard for Syracuse University in New York talked about her illness in July and was told to undergo eight cancer treatments

The 24-year-old point guard for Syracuse University in New York talked about her illness in July and was told to undergo eight cancer treatments

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Mangakahia's cancer progressed rapidly after she first noticed a lump on her left breast in June.

She received a biopsy and a mammogram and was told on June 18 that she had grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma – stage two breast cancer.

Mangakahia remained silent about her unexpected illness before announcing the news to the public in July.

Syracuse University has offered to cover the first flight of the parents of Mangakahia, who will stay with their daughter for a month.

But they argue for funds to fly back and forth for months, so that family members can support Mangakahia in their work obligations.

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Nearly $ 10,500 – more than half their $ 20,000 goal – has been raised since the fundraising page went off on Monday.

Australian basketball player Jonah Bolden, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, donated $ 4,156 to the case.

& # 39; Thanks to my friends and family members who have expressed their willingness to help and because some are in other countries, I have set up this page for friends and loved ones to help and bless our family financially in this difficult time & # 39 wrote Mrs. Mangakahia.

& # 39; Please share and distribute it. All the support you can offer us is greatly appreciated! & # 39;

Nearly $ 10,500 - more than half of their $ 20,000 goal - has increased since the fundraising page went off on Monday

Nearly $ 10,500 - more than half of their $ 20,000 goal - has increased since the fundraising page went off on Monday

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Nearly $ 10,500 – more than half of their $ 20,000 goal – has increased since the fundraising page went off on Monday

Mangakahia remained silent about her unexpected illness before announcing the news to the public in July

Mangakahia remained silent about her unexpected illness before announcing the news to the public in July

Mangakahia remained silent about her unexpected illness before announcing the news to the public in July

Mangakahia spoke in August for the first time since the beginning of her treatments with the public.

& # 39; One of the reasons I decided to go outside with it is because of the support I get throughout the season & # 39 ;, she said.

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& # 39; While I'm playing, I get a lot of support and I feel like you know it helps a little to let the audience know a little bit about what I'm going through. & # 39;

She said her condition made her think about the simple things in life and claims that she hasn't changed as a person.

& # 39; There are certain things that you cannot control. You just have to handle it a bit and get through it, & she said.

Mangakahia's cancer progressed rapidly after she first noticed a lump on her left breast in June

Mangakahia's cancer progressed rapidly after she first noticed a lump on her left breast in June

Mangakahia's cancer progressed rapidly after she first noticed a lump on her left breast in June

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# Tough4T popular on Twitter. An outpouring of support came from everywhere.

Mangakahia was recently invited to attend the Opals Training to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Before playing professionally in the United States, she played with the Spartans in Brisbane.

Mangakahia spoke in August for the first time since the beginning of her treatments with the public

Mangakahia spoke in August for the first time since the beginning of her treatments with the public

Mangakahia spoke in August for the first time since the beginning of her treatments with the public

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