Former world champion gymnast and cancer survivor Shannon Miller will speak in Fairfield on Thursday evening, March 20, in a program to benefit the CT Challenge cancer-surivorship center in Southport.

The program is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Roger Ludlowe Middle School, 689 Unquowa Road, and is sponsored by CT Challenge. Miller will greet cancer survivors at a pre-program reception.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children, and all proceeds go to CT Challenge, the nonprofit organization said.

A two-time all-around world champion and Olympic gold-medal winner in the balance beam, Miller was diagnosed in 2011 with a rare, malignant form of ovarian cancer, CT challenge said in a news release.

She had surgery to remove a baseball-sized tumor, and after nine weeks of chemotherapy has remained cancer-free, according to the release.

The 36-year-old mother of two now uses her celebrity status to be an advocate for cancer awareness and early detection.

Her second child -- which, on her website, Miller calls her "miracle baby" -- was born in June 2013, about two years after her final chemotherapy.

During her gymnastics career, Miller won 49 national and 59 international medals. Among them are seven Olympic medals, including two golds earned in 1996 -- one for balance beam and a U.S. team gold medal.

She is the president of Shannon Miller Lifestyle, a Florida-based company that promotes health and fitness for women. Her nonprofit Shannon Miller Foundation fights childhood obeisity.

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