‘GMA’ surprises breast cancer survivor Donna Hopkins

The sportscaster was diagnosed with cancer more than two decades ago and since then has put a spotlight on the disease by helping those affected by it in the Washington, D.C., area.
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We're been kicking off national breast cancer awareness month and those are some of the incredible survivors and thrivers we're recognizing. Much more ahead and tell you the story of a remarkable thriver doing so much to help others. Rachel Scott is in Washington, D.C. At the entertainment and sports arena home of the Washington mystics last year to help us pull this off. Good morning, Rachel. I'm here with Donna Hopkins, two-time breast cancer survivor. Donna, we've been telling you all morning we arary highlighting all women across the country but have something bigger in store you for you today. Come on. Don that, you have been helping people along your own journey and we want to give you all-star treatment today. I want you to listen to this. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for a real thriver all-star, our number one. Look up here in the stands, your family, your sisters, your friends, women that you've helped. Take a look. You were not expecting this today. No. Tell me what you're feeling, wow, y'all tricked me that's so great because all of these individuals have been with me from the beginning. . Donna, stand right there. We were so inspired we thought it needs to be shared with the world and robin Roberts as a closer look. Donna is a warrior and a survivor. Reporter: Donna has the heart of a champion and it's her winning spirit that helped the sports reporter through some of life's toughest battles including facing breast cancer twice. It was that experience with her being diagnosed that made her say I can't believe there are so many going through this and not getting the help they need. She said something needs to change. She launched Hopkins breast cancer incorporated lending a helping hand to others in her own community. It was a rippling effect grant that she awarded me ended up stopping us from facing eviction. It's people like her that help people like me get through it. Reporter: She stayed focused on her mission to give back even during her darkest days. In 2010 she experienced what she calls an unforeseeable medical disaster after a routine procedure turned into a fight for her life. She spent months and having six surgeries and almost losing her life. Reporter: Her lower left leg was amputated but her life was spared. She was down but she fought. She fought to learn how to walk again. Adapt and adjust. The will to win, this is who she was and who she is and this is why she's successful. She has made us a better person with what we see her through through creating the foundation and starting the basketball tournament so in her doing all this, that was her getting to the other side of victory. Now she's able to really reach back and help others get to the other side as well. Don that, you have said that sports has been a life saver for you, how has it helped with your mentality to not only fight but heal? When I think about growing up in West Virginia, on that back court in the yard with my siblings and brothers and sisters and neighborhood kids and smarted started there and propelled me through the most challenging things. I almost decent like to lose at anything. The mentality of being on a sports team and what it takes to shall a winner and used it in life changes at anything you go through. I am the most competitive person ever. All my friends will tell you that and I've used it and my faith as the things that has gotten me through some of the darkest times. I'm ray winner in life through anything that I have to face and sports has been that key thing of getting me to the other side of everything. For 20 years you have put on a basketball tournament to raise money for breast cancer. It's called hoop it for for breast cancer. The "Washington post" mystics heard about that and today one of them is here to hoop it up for you in the building right now we have forward Tiana Hawkins. I want to thank you for giving people a chance. I thank you for that. I said if I wasn't going to be a broadcasters I was going to be a professional basketball player. One thing worked out. Maybe not the other thing but thank you all so much for all that you all do in the cancer community and making a difference. It takes all of us to make a difference in, you know, saving lives and educate lives and ducating. The big "C," you have breast cancer doesn't have to be the end. I am a testimony 20 years out that you still can make it. It's not just the physical but the mental and want to impact the world for good and make a difference in people's lives so 20 years has been a blessing. You are making a difference and you're not only inspiring us but you've also inspired someone else. There is more, in fact, John wall. Wow. Star of the Washington wizards as a special message for you. Hi, Donna. John wall from the Washington wizards. I want to thank you. I want to give you an assist of $10,000 for your great work. Oh. Yeah. A thousand dollars. You have said that helping people has been your medicine. I want to hand this to you. How much is this going to help your found face. Rachel was saying the knead is so great but the resources are so limited out there for many who come to us and rely on fund-raisers and donations so, John wall, thank you so much. You don't know how much this is going to help us. In a year covid struck and can't have a lot of fund-raisers this will help us. I am so grateful for this donation in so many ways for those who need the help. Thank you again. Robin, you talk so much about making your mess our message. Something you have done and Donna turning adversity into a way to help people. I'm listening to her story. We were nodding along. So incredibly proud of you. If someone doesn't have the sports background and I was with you, if this didn't work I wanted to be a basketball player first two and not necessarily like but you if somebody is going through this you don't have the sports background what is your message to them to motivate them. You have to rise above whatever you've gone through. I'm an athlete so trained to be a winner in everything see I think your mentality and your mind as far as wanting to win in life and never quilt and seeing beyoond just the breast, I think the key thing is just that you can make it through. It's a winner to me and everybody. You have to tap into whatever it is to get you to the other side of what you're going through and support is so key from your friends and your family. That support is going to be the thing that helps other people that are not athletes like us, robin. Get to the other side of victory. Overed to exactly. Bless your heart and so incredibly proud of you and all the work you are tipping to do so please take care and enjoy your family and friends, Rachel, thank you for bringing this to us and wnba, the Wisconsin -- the police tick, Cher the defending clamps and won last year, I was there courtside and seen her play so very proud of them as well. Me too. Thank you, thank you. Thank you.

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