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She also is a breast cancer survivor and estimates of every 10 of her speaking engagements, six to seven are medically related.
The mission of the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties, which includes a women's health program that provides free mammograms to the uninsured, is a good fit."Everything has to have a purpose with me," Roberts said. I really just want to make sure that other people get the same opportunities to be able to combat what I did.
I loved her response when I asked - near the end of what turned out to be a 25-minute chat - if she had any regrets about being so transparent."I'm not one to really have any regrets," she said.
"There's just chances I've taken."If you are a fan of Roberts or have followed her journey, you know that she is a poignant and polished speaker.
Be The Match is a bone marrow registry that matches patients with potential donors.
Roberts had a blood marrow transplant in 2012, after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder.
I almost forget that I'm not just talking on the phone with a girlfriend. The question catches me off guard, although it shouldn't have. I tell her I'm a native Oregonian and there is much to see in every corner of our beautiful state.
She makes some remark about how she loves it when someone is proud of their state and then challenges me: "Give me Capi's Top 5 list before I get out there in April."Roberts has, by the way, spent some time in the Portland area, most notably at Nike headquarters, and she once made a quick visit to Corvallis to interview former Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson, or as she referred to him, Michelle's brother.
"We would be belly aching about this, that and the other and mom would say, 'Well, find the meaning, find the message, and make that mess your message.' "When Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she didn't plan on telling anybody.
"I was just really grateful that a distinguished group, like the Peabody, said to ABC News, 'This was good journalism. Bravo.' "The footage is intimate and reveals raw emotions.