Breland, a 6-3 forward from Kelford, N.C., averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior before missing the entire 2009-10 season while receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Breland's comeback means the Tar Heels have one of the nation's top players back in action.
Jessica Breland shares a smile with Khadijah Jones of Princeton, NC. (Photo by Brian Strickland)
For Jessica Breland, rebounding takes on a whole new meaning these days.
She is bouncing back from battling cancer in addition to grabbing opponents’ missed shots off the backboards.
The star forward for the UNC women’s basketball team is on the court again after sitting out last season to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She returns with a new motivation and strength she hopes will help her team. She also hopes to use her experience with cancer to help other patients, especially children. While she stages her own comeback, she is also giving back by partnering with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to start the Jessica Breland Comeback Kids Fund.
On November 6, 2010, the Rebounds and Rhinestones gala kicked off a season-long effort that will allow fans to honor Breland’s comeback by making a donation to the Jessica Breland Comeback Kids Fund.
The event raised more than $57,000 to benefit pediatric oncology at UNC.
Learn more about Jessica in the video shown above.