Advocacy has been important to the Hughes family since Amy, who is in remission, received a diagnosis of stage III breast cancer.
As 12-year-old Sarah’s skating career was taking off, Amy had bone-marrow and stem-cell transplants as part of an experimental treatment.
Skate for Hope, Emily said, is about “everyone who has been through a similar experience and the power of us all coming together.”
It also offers a chance to return to the ice for Sarah, 28, a Yale University graduate, and Emily, 24, an alumna of Harvard University. Both have been focused on other goals, with Emily employed as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting and Sarah working on a book and documentary about the seven American women who won Olympic figure-skating gold medals.
Amy Hughes is thankful that her daughters continue to discuss her experience and hopes that the young girls at Skate for Hope are comforted by their family’s example.
“They see Emily and Sarah’s mother — she had the treatment, and she’s still here,” she said. “ The more you talk about it, the less scary it is.”