“I can say, being one of four girls, sorry to say, the most flat-chested of all four, so I was never supposed to be able to have cancer,” she said. “So that was kind of the joke. They always said to me, ‘You would never have to worry about it. You don’t have enough to have cancer.’ ”
Her husband and his publicist laughed nervously at that in the midst of a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday afternoon. “Hush, guys,” she admonished them. Then, back to her sisters’ long-ago gibes: “So, that’s a myth.”
Tanya Snyder was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She had surgeries to remove the cancer, recovered fully and has emerged as the voice of the NFL on breast cancer awareness, a grassroots effort she’d begun nearly a decade before her diagnosis.
Wednesday she will receive the American Cancer Society Mother of the Year Award during a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. Her husband will present her with it, a Mother’s Day present four days early.
“It’s an honor for me to give it to her,” Dan Snyder said. “She’s earned it and deserves it for the fight against cancer.”
Dan Snyder is also a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2001.
“Cancer is a very humbling experience,” Dan Snyder said. “It’s something that as citizens of this country, and of the globe, we have to cure it. We’ve got to get together and get this solved. It is one of the great mysteries. … I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer.”