Luke Hancock loses inspirational father to cancer

Tuesday June 25th, 2013
On Monday morning, Luke Hancock's father, Bill, passed away at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.
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Luke had been planning to stay on campus for the early part of the summer, but spent the past five weeks in Roanoke due to Bill's grim, late-April diagnosis. The diagnosis came around the same time Luke and teammate Stephan Van Treese were holding a postseason fundraiser in Louisville. They pledged to shear their NCAA tournament beards, calling it "Shave For Life," in conjunction with a local Relay For Life event. The whole thing was Luke's idea. They received $9,625 in online donations, and it all went to one charity: the American Cancer Society.

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