Woman to sing National Anthem in honor of friend

Woman to sing National Anthem in honor of friend who died from breast cancer

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Mallary Hope (left) with late friend Courtney King (right) Mallary Hope (left) with late friend Courtney King (right)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

On Thursday, when 26-year-old Mallary Hope takes center stage at Soldier Field to sing the National Anthem, she'll be honoring her best friend who passed away from breast cancer three weeks ago.

"It's going to be an emotional night but I know that she'll be watching and she'll be with me in spirit," said Hope in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

38-year-old Courtney King lost her battle against breast cancer on September 13th.

"They found a lump on her breast, she was diagnosed and she went through rounds of chemo and it was really out of the blue that she passed away," said Hope.

"One can inherit a damaged gene or a mutated gene from either mom or dad. So when we take a family history on a patient with newly diagnosed breast cancer we want to look at three generations of men and women in the family," said Rush University Medical Center's Dr. Melody Cobleigh.

King's husband Dustin says his wife was diagnosed back in April of 2012 after their third child. He says there was no precursor or family history.

"She fought so hard and she was really positive through the whole thing and every single day that you would see her on Facebook or online, everything that she put online to share with the world was always so happy and positive and uplifting," said Hope.

Seconds before kick off against the Giants on Thursday, the singer will dedicate her performance to King and plans to wear this watch she received at a breast cancer walk in Courtney's memory.

"I haven't taken it off since I got it," said Hope.

The singer says it was Courtney, her best friend and former drama teacher, who fueled her passion to sing - dedicating the song is the least she could do.

Hope also sang at Courtney's wedding. "Real Bears fans wear pink" t-shirts will be sold through October. Over the last five years, the Bears have raised more than $500,000 used to provide care, assistance and support services to breast cancer patients and their families.

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