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Karen Mills Tennessee
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Karen Mills has been in the humor business for more than 20 years. As a comedian, she has worked clubs and theaters across the country and can be heard daily on Sirius / XM Comedy Channels.

Karen is a master at finding the humor in any situation and that didn't change when she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. Determined to take on the disease with hope and humor, Karen turned her pain into punchlines and is now a sought after speaker presenting her comedy with a message. She has delivered the keynote, spoken at survivor events, fundraisers, sports banquets and given commencement addresses. Now cancer free, Karen has been hailed for her ability to bring humor to difficult topics and was chosen to speak at TEDxChattanooga, 2016.

Karen has faced every challenge with determination, standing at 5'2" she was told more than once that she was too small to play basketball. Not only did she play, in 1981 she led the nation in assists and became the first, division 1 first team All-American in UT-Chattanooga's history. She was the first UTC athlete to earn that distinction in any sport, male or female. Her #12 uniform was retired and she became the first female inducted into UTC's basketball Hall of Fame.

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  • Preparation Meets Opportunity...The Shot that Knocked My Mama's Wig Off - In 1976, with 3 seconds on the clock, Karen hit the last shot to win the Tennessee state basketball championship. She had prepared her entire life for that moment, but what she hadn't prepared for was the eruption of the fans when the ball went through the basket. "Everyone was jumping, hugging and shaking my mother and they knocked her wig right off her head!" Karen received a full basketball scholarship to UT-Chattanooga where she earned All-American honors and was the first female inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

  • Humor for the Tumor - In May 2013, Karen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She has spent more than 20 years on the road as a professional comedian and overnight she went from wanting her own TV show to just wanting to poop. Cancer changes your priorities. What it didn't change was Karen's sense of humor. Karen will take you on a hilarious journey through her diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy and give you cancer tips that she wishes someone had given her, like never order a wig on the internet! Laugh and be inspired as Karen reminds you that your spirit shines through your smile not your hair.

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