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Former tennis star Martina Navratilova will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa for charity – despite being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The retired player plans to climb Africa’s highest peak in December for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, an organization that uses sport to aid positive social change through the pursuit of excellence, overcoming challenges, celebrating achievement and excellence, and winning against the odds.

“[Cancer] does make you take [a] pause and re-evaluate, make sure that you’re doing everything you want to do in life, and I am,” she said on British TV show Loose Women. [“I’m doing the climb] for Laureus, I’m a member of the Laureus Academy and we have a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. We try and raise money for that and so I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I spend a lot of time in Kenya and Tanzania, so I’m looking forward to that… I’m hoping to make it to the top.”

Navratilova discovered a lump during a mammogram. It has been removed, and she will start a six-week course of radiotherapy in May.

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