Linda Blair, 46, had just found out she was pregnant with her third child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2008, according to the Corvallis Gazette Times
After three rounds of chemotherapy, Ava was born three months early and weighed in at only 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Both mother and daughter were fighting for their lives. In all, Blair had to go through 12 weeks of chemo and six-and-a half weeks of radiation treatment.
After Ava was born, Linda and her husband Rob spent 12-14 hour days looking after Ava in the intensive care while Linda was in treatment. Now in remission, Linda has been involved with many cancer fighting organizations, becoming an ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network. She uses her experiences to educate others about early breast cancer screenings and often brings Ava on stage as a symbol of hope.
Blair has been named a "Pink Power Mom" by Bright Starts, an Atlanta, Georgia-based infant products company. The award is given to inspirational mothers who have survived breast cancer and use their experiences to give back to the community.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women begin yearly mammograms at age 40.