To most people in Australia, Lauren Jackson is simply a champion basketballer. Our country's greatest.
To everyone in Albury-Wodonga, she's someone to be proud of. Someone to give hope to boys and girls from regional areas like ours that anything's possible.
To Harry and Lenny, she's mum.
But to the beast that is anxiety and depression, she's just another victim.
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A four-time Olympic medallist, three-time WNBA MVP and two-time champion, there is little that Jackson hasn't achieved on the basketball court.
Such is her contribution to the sport, Albury Council took the extraordinary step of naming its sports stadium in her honour in 2011.
Yet, despite all that she achieved during her decorated career, Jackson told The Border Mail this week of the time that her world came "crashing down" in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics.
To some it may seem impossible that someone like Jackson could fall victim to a mental health condition.
But that's the thing, mental illness doesn't discriminate and that's why Jackson has been invited to speak at this year's special online delivery of the Albury-Wodonga Winter Solstice.
The event, now in its eighth year, sees the community gather on June 21 to shine a light on suicide and mental health, knowing that the darkest days are behind us and that from that point on, there'll be a little more light each day.
While there's a tinge of disappointment that the Border community won't be able to congregate in QEII Square due to coronavirus restrictions, there is a silver lining.
That is, as film-maker Helen Newman told The Border Mail, "our reach has been catapulted beyond the space of QEII Square ... this opens up the event to a global audience".
And after the start we've had to 2020 with bushfires and now coronavirus, the more people who can connect with the solstice the brighter that light in the darkness will be.
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