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Luke Hancock loses inspirational father to cancer

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On Monday morning, Luke Hancock's father, Bill, passed away at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

On Monday morning, Luke Hancock's father, Bill, passed away at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

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.