Watching Sam Jones swim, you’d have no idea she was diagnosed with stage four Ewing’s Sarcoma a couple of years ago.
Cancer free now, the Notre Dame junior is happy, healthy and a key member of Notre Dame’s swim team.
“I never thought it would be this amazing. I’ve made so many friends,” said Jones. “I’ve loved it so much and everything about it.”
Jones used to play soccer and was in tumbling. But fter her diagnosis she had to choose a non-contact sport.
She’s only been swimming competitively two years.
“Mostly, I want to try my best everyday. to be better than I was tee day before,” said Jones. “I want to continue diving into the sport and loving it more.”
Jones won her heat at the Big 12 Conference swim meet Saturday.
“I have never seen her yet, when she doesn’t have a brilliantly awesome attitude,” said PND swim coach Derek Amerman. “She comes in and infects people with happiness.”
She is a huge Chicago bears fan and the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital arranged for her to be a part of the NFL draft three years ago in Chicago.
She was selected to announce the Bears selection of Hroniss Grasu as their 2015 third round pick.
“I was nervous. The commissioner (Roger Goodell) was so nice,” Jones said. “The name was a little difficult, I thought. I announced the draft pick. So I’m connected to the team. I say, ‘Hey, remember that?’ It was so cool.”