Not that a lot of you even know who she is, unless you follow the sport of dog sledding or just the Iditarod, she's not a sports icon to the general public, but she's the equivilent of Michelle Kwan up here.

She won the Iditarod four times, and was/is the second female to win, period. I grew up idolizing her and cheering her on each year.

She was diagnosed about 8 months ago with Leukemia, and was really much through with the worst when it came back even more aggressive than before.

It's a very sad day here in AK... Rest in Peace, Susan!