Tennis legend Martina Navratilova in Houston to promote breast cancer awareness, research

October 7, 2013 2:45:25 PM PDT
One of the greatest tennis players and all-around athletes of all time was in Houston on Monday.

Martina Navratilova was the guest speaker at the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation luncheon. The event raises money for breast cancer research and awareness.

Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 after going four years without a mammogram. She said we can all learn from her story.

"I went public with my situation and really try to encourage women to take better care of themselves because we postpone that," Navratilova said. "When the pet notice comes that we need to get rabies for our dog, we do that immediately. But when the mammogram notice comes, we put it off and say, 'I'll do it next week, next month.' Pretty soon, it's next year."

The nine-time Wimbledon champion is now in great health. She travels the world, playing in exhibition matches and promoting issues she believes in, including breast cancer awareness.

She helped raise $100,000 at Monday's luncheon.

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