“When the team found out that she was diagnosed with leukemia last year, we were all devastated,” Buchanan said. “Even though she wasn’t able to be around physically last year, Kate never stopped planning, leading and fighting for the game even while she was fighting for her life. Her commitment to the game and her dedication to overcoming cancer were truly inspirational to our entire team.”
This year’s game marks the five-year cancer free milestone for Wasserman Schultz.
Houghton said that, to honor the Florida Democrat’s milestone, the theme of this year’s game is survivalship and what it means to be a cancer survivor.
Houghton added that she now shares a special bond with Wasserman Schultz, who she said would visit her in the hospital during treatment to provide support.
“Cancer treatment and recovery is a grueling process, and it just wears you down no matter how emotionally or physically strong you are,” Houghton said. “My friends and the woman members probably have no idea how much their words and support kept me going.”
The Congressional Women’s Softball Game will be played at 7 p.m. on June 26 at the Watkins Recreation Center on Capitol Hill.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.