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Olivia Quigley named one of top 25 female athletes
Children’s own Olivia Quigley was selected by espnW as one of the 25 top female athletes of 2015. The award is part of espnW’s IMPACT25, which recognizes athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact on women in sports. In concert with espnW, Marvel Comics has also created a character depicting this real-life superhero.
Olivia, a 24-year-old sprinter from Brookfield—who works in Nutrition and Food Services at Children’s—was diagnosed with autism at age 3, has dealt with depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, and at age 24 underwent chemotherapy for Stage 4 breast cancer. She is currently undergoing radiation treatments twice a day, five days a week.
Her drive is indefatigable: After five months of chemotherapy, she asked doctors to delay further treatment so she could complete Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. And she didn’t stop until she brought home the gold medal.
“Olivia’s strength and spirit inspire me every day, and I’m so proud to work by her side” says Ashley Cludy, Sodexo patient services manager at Children’s, who is Ashley’s supervisor. “This is a well-deserved honor for an incredible person.”
Olivia joined the Nutrition and Food Services team three years ago, after participating in the Project SEARCH program. She started as an intern, worked her way into a full-time position, and has earned a promotion during her tenure.
As a member of 2015 IMPACT25 list, Olivia shares the spotlight with elite athletes like U.S. World Cup hero Carli Lloyd, tennis champion Serena Williams, record-breaking freestyle swimmer Katie Ledecky and UConn basketball star Breanna Stewart.