HU Student Zachyre Lynn Lane Shares How Her Fight with Cancer Didn’t Stop Her from Achieving Success

Contributed by Zachyre Lynn Lane and Howard University Newsroom
Here I stand today, Zachyre Lynn Lane, a sophomore from Durham, North Carolina and a second-year sprinter on the Howard University Track and Field team. I am the 2017 AAU Indoor National 60-meter and 200-meter champion and I am also a Cancer survivor.
In July of 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two days before I was scheduled to compete in the USATF Junior Olympics. I was afraid, but my story does not start there.
It started 11 years ago when I was encouraged to run track by my mother, Kathy Williams, a former sprinter for Johnson C. Smith University; and my father, fellow Bison, Fleenoil Lane.
My parents instilled in me many values during my formative years—hard work, determination, fortitude, graciousness and faithfulness—and I strive to use those values on and off the field, as a team captain and a volunteer. I’ve always been very passionate about helping others, and I never thought it would be I, at a young age, who would need help.
After sixteen chemotherapy treatments, five surgeries, and hair loss, I was able to return to the track to win two consecutive MVP titles, the 100- and 200-meter in the First Annual Norfolk State High School Invitational as well as become the 100-meter winner at the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays.
As a physical therapy major, I plan to help rehabilitate other athletes after an injury. As a proud member of the University’s Chapter of Jewels Inc., I assist in providing mentorship and sisterhood to young urban girls in the D.C. area.
I now have the pleasure of being educated at the greatest University, and get to do what I love as a member of the Women’s Track Team. Last year, I served as the first leg on the 3rd place ECAC 4×100 relay team.
My coaches are amazing and are always encouraging and understanding. They challenge all of us to be our very best on and off the track. I would like to thank Coach David Oliver, Coach Jessica Cousins, and Coach Andrew Murphy for believing in my talent, giving me the opportunity to represent Howard and compete at the NCAA Division 1 level.
God has truly blessed me!

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