Pool legend Jeanette Lee, 49, ‘The Black Widow,’ reveals Stage 4 cancer diagnosis

Jeanette Lee, the professional pool shark known as the ‘Black Widow,’ has been diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and told she has just a few months to a year left to live, but says she is still determined to beat the disease for the sake of her three children.

Lee, a single mother with daughters between the ages of 16 and 11, announced the news in a statement.

‘I intend to bring the same resolve I brought to the billiards table to this fight,’ the 49-year-old said said in a news release. ‘Jim Valvano so eloquently told us to “Never give up.” I owe it to my three young daughters to do exactly that.’

Lee was referencing Valvano’s inspirational speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards, which the former North Carolina State men’s basketball coach delivered about a month before dying of metastatic adenocarcinoma, a type of glandular cancer.

Stage 4 cancer is the most advanced stage, but Lee does not see her diagnosis as terminal, her agent told The Washington Post.

Jeanette Lee, the professional pool shark known as the 'Black Widow,' has been diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and told she has just a few months to a year left to live, but says she is still determined to beat the disease for the sake of her three children

Jeanette Lee, the professional pool shark known as the 'Black Widow,' has been diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and told she has just a few months to a year left to live, but says she is still determined to beat the disease for the sake of her three children

Jeanette Lee, the professional pool shark known as the ‘Black Widow,’ has been diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and told she has just a few months to a year left to live, but says she is still determined to beat the disease for the sake of her three children

Billiards legend Jeanette Lee, The Black Widow, pictured with daughters, Cheyenne (age 16), Chloe (11) and Savannah (10). It is not known when this picture was taken. Her agent, Tom George, set up a GoFundMe page to raise $250,000 for their college tuition

Billiards legend Jeanette Lee, The Black Widow, pictured with daughters, Cheyenne (age 16), Chloe (11) and Savannah (10). It is not known when this picture was taken. Her agent, Tom George, set up a GoFundMe page to raise $250,000 for their college tuition

Billiards legend Jeanette Lee, The Black Widow, pictured with daughters, Cheyenne (age 16), Chloe (11) and Savannah (10). It is not known when this picture was taken. Her agent, Tom George, set up a GoFundMe page to raise $250,000 for their college tuition 

The New York native with Korean parents turned pro in 1991 and was the Women's Professional Billiard Association's 'Player of the Year' by 1994. In this 2011 shot, she's seen at then-New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck's 3rd Annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament

The New York native with Korean parents turned pro in 1991 and was the Women's Professional Billiard Association's 'Player of the Year' by 1994. In this 2011 shot, she's seen at then-New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck's 3rd Annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament

The New York native with Korean parents turned pro in 1991 and was the Women’s Professional Billiard Association’s ‘Player of the Year’ by 1994. In this 2011 shot, she’s seen at then-New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament

Known for her sleek, black outfits and icy demeanor at the table, Lee started playing in 1989 and became one billiards’ biggest stars in the 1990s as ESPN made her nine-ball tournaments a staple of its daytime programing. 

The New York native with Korean parents turned pro in 1991 and was the Women’s Professional Billiard Association’s ‘Player of the Year’ by 1994.

She finished her career with more than 30 titles, but moved into semiretirement in 2010 due to scoliosis, which she battled since she was 13. (Lee had a steel rod inserted to ease her pain, according to multiple reports) 

Known for her sleek, black outfits and icy demeanor at the table, Lee started playing in 1989 and became one billiards' biggest stars in the 1990s as ESPN made her tournaments a staple of network daytime programing

Known for her sleek, black outfits and icy demeanor at the table, Lee started playing in 1989 and became one billiards' biggest stars in the 1990s as ESPN made her tournaments a staple of network daytime programing

Known for her sleek, black outfits and icy demeanor at the table, Lee started playing in 1989 and became one billiards’ biggest stars in the 1990s as ESPN made her tournaments a staple of network daytime programing

And it’s her scoliosis that may have camouflaged her ovarian cancer.

‘She’s in a lot of pain all the time, anyway, so she didn’t notice any difference,’ Lee’s agent, Tom George, told The Washington Post.

George set up a GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit Lee’s daughters, Cheyenne (age 16), Chloe (11) and Savannah (10).

‘Jeanette has been a single mother for the last several years,’ George wrote on the GoFundMe page, which has raised over $50,000 of its $250,000 goal so far. ‘The future care, well-being and education of her girls is the biggest cause of anxiety for her.

‘We are creating a trust, the Jeanette Lee Legacy Fund, to ensure that the girls are appropriately cared for and can afford to go to college.’

Allison Fisher, the WPBA’s top player and a rival of Lee, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that she is ‘sick’ over the news.

‘Jeanette has done so much for the sport at every level,’ Fisher, 52, wrote. ‘We’ve had some terrific matches over the years and I’m not sure I’ve met someone as passionate about the game as her.’

Allison Fisher, the WPBA's top player and a rival of Lee, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that she is 'sick' over the news

Allison Fisher, the WPBA's top player and a rival of Lee, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that she is 'sick' over the news

Allison Fisher, the WPBA’s top player and a rival of Lee, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that she is ‘sick’ over the news

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