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Andrea Jaeger

On her way back from a tennis match in New Jersey in 1980, Andrea
Jaeger, then 15, had an epiphany: She wanted to help sick
children. She directed her limo driver to stop at a toy store,
where she bought several hundred dollars worth of gifts to give
to kids in the critical-care unit of Helen Hayes Hospital in West
Haverstraw, N.Y. "I just felt a calling at that moment," says
Jaeger, who turned pro at 14 and rose to No. 2 in the world 19
months later.

After a persistent shoulder injury ended her career in 1985,
Jaeger founded the Silver Lining Foundation, which hosts camps in
Aspen, Colo., for children with cancer. Jaeger, 39 and single,
spends most of her time raising money for the nonprofit
organization. "My family and friends were so upset when I got
injured, but I knew in my heart that I was called to help kids,"
says Jaeger. "Everyone could use someone who cares."

--Jaime Lowe


COLOR PHOTO: JEFFREY LOWE CHILD STAR Tennis brought Jaeger fame, but her camp for kidsbrought meaning to her life.