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Maria Sharapova, Chernobyl Survivor, Feels Personal Connection to Japan Crisis via Greg Couch on Tennis

(March 16, 2011)

At some point, Maria Sharapova just wanted to know more. She had heard the horror stories from her parents, about the escape they made from the radiation that had leaked during the world’s worst nuclear disaster. When they fled, Sharapova was in her mother’s womb.

Maria Sharapova is a Chernobyl survivor.

And as she grew up, she started to study it, read about it, take it into her soul. Since then, she has donated time, made visits and given hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the children and grandchildren of the nightmare that reportedly released 100 times more radiation than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

So, with a personal sense, she has been following Japan’s nuclear crisis, which resulted from a massive earthquake and tsunami. Radiation has leaked into the air again.

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