Syracuse women’s basketball star Tiana Mangakahia shared some heartbreaking personal news on social media this morning.
Mangakahia announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 18. Per a detailed report on the Syracuse website, the diagnosis was Stage 2 breast cancer (Grade 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) and she will begin chemotherapy on Friday.
Recently I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. As I get ready to begin treatment this week, I would like to share my story. Thank you everyone for all the support I’ve already received. For more about my diagnosis, click the link below.
Mangakahia turned down the option to forego the upcoming season to enter the WNBA. In two seasons at Syracuse, she has averaged 16.9 points per game and 9.6 assists per game
The outpouring of support from for Mangakahia was immediate.
you got this! Cuse is behind you, always! 👊🍊
— Morgan 🏳️🌈 (@sportslesbean) July 1, 2019
There has been much research and many effective treatment options to fight breast cancer – my wife was diagnosed in Oct, planned for treatment, went through it and defeated it in a short span of time. Look into all the options and have the right attitude – you will be victorious
— Greg Willis (@GregorianRants) July 1, 2019
Cuse Nation is behind u! U will beat this!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— jim fazio (@jimfazzz) July 1, 2019
Mangakahia has represented her home nation of Australia at the youth levels, winning several medals in the process. She won gold in the 2011 U-16 Oceania Championship and the 2012 U-18 Oceania Championship.
The following year, she earned bronze in the U-19 World Championship.
We’re all rooting for Tiana to have a swift and complete recovery.