NEWPORT NEWS (WAVY) – Jamie Field, fittingly, has a passion for the sidelines. The Denbigh Baptist Christian School graduate now works for Riverside Healthy System, assisting Lionsbridge FC as the team’s athletic coach.
But in 2019, a trip to the VCU Medical Center took her away from her passion. In May of that year, at age 22, Field had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of skin cancer.
“I’ve definitely had a lot of those gut-drop moments where (I’m like) ‘Oh my gosh. What’s going on,’ said Field.
Doctors found a mass on top of her heart, but before treatments could begin, Fields developed serious complications. “Actually, part of my heart started to collapse on itself,” she described.
Field underwent major heart surgery and was then immediately transferred to the King’s Daughter Children’s Hospital in Norfolk to begin cancer treatment. Despite her situation, once she regained her strength, Field began working again as an athletic trainer.
A year and 17 radiation treatments later, Field was declared cancer-free, just one day before her 24th birthday. “After not only having cancer, but being treated in the pediatric oncology unit, I never want to forget that and always want to give something back in some way,” Field said.
She stayed true to her word. For her 25th birthday and a year of cancer free, Field hosted a party and raised $1,000 for CHKD. “I told my friends, don’t give me presents. Donate to CHKD,” she said.