Crestview gymnastics instructor shares cancer survival story

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Jennifer King (inset) assists Davidson Middle School student Brooklyn Wilde, 11, during a cheerleading class at U.S. Gold Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Crestview. King, a breast cancer survivor, stays active in gymnastics and instructs area cheerleaders.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Through determination and activity, Crestview resident Jennifer King overcame breast cancer.

 "I know a lot of people get discouraged, but I didn't have that mindset," she said. "I never lost focus ... I never thought it would end badly."

After receiving six months of chemotherapy, 37 rounds of radiation treatments and a double mastectomy, King, manager of U.S. Gold Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Crestview, has been cancer-free since February.

"Working (at U.S. Gold Gymnastics) has been a blessing," she said.

The school's owner, Kathy Dwyer, hired King prior to the Crestview location's opening in 2011. Dwyer found King's perseverance during treatments inspiring.

"She is the strongest person I know," Dwyer said. "Her inner strength is incredible."

Jennifer Robinson, 14, a cheerleading student of King at U.S. Gold, said she considers King a teacher, friend and hero.

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