Jeanette Lee, a former billiards No. 1 player known as “The Black Widow,” was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer, she said on Wednesday.
Lee, 49, helped popularize pool in the 1990s while competing on ESPN’s broadcasts of the Women’s Professional Billiard Association circuit. She’s a World Games gold medalist as well as WPBA, BCA and Asian Hall of Fame inductee.
“I intend to bring the same resolve I brought to the billiards table to this fight,” Lee said in a statement via the American Poolplayers Association (APA). “Jim Valvano so eloquently told us to ‘Never give up.’ I owe it to my three young daughters to do exactly that.”
Billiards star begins chemotherapy
Lee has already begun chemotherapy and has multiple surgeries upcoming to fight the disease, which has metastasized in her lymph nodes, per a GoFundMe friends set up for her children. The “Jeanette Lee Legacy Fund” is