Throughout Liz Lord's life, the values learned while playing sports in Newport Beach have been used many times. Now, as she fights in the biggest battle of her life, she clings to those values.
Lord was known for being competitive when she played volleyball for Newport Harbor High before graduating in 2002 with a full-ride scholarship to the University of Portland. Not much has changed. She still wants to win.
When she was diagnosed with brain cancer and was told that the tumor found was inoperable and incurable, Lord didn't back down. She said she would beat the disease.
For people who hear about this and know the 27-year-old, they say, "That's Liz."
"The only thing she was upset about was that she couldn't go back to work," said Meg Lord, Liz's younger sister who is 25.
The doctors leveled with Liz, telling her the average life expectancy for her type of brain cancer is 12-14 months. Reality set in for Liz, but that didn't mean she has stopped fighting. Her speech has slowed and her body has changed, but Liz won't stop battling.