Feb 6, 2013

Former UC Basketball Team Captain Battles Cancer

If you graduated from the University of Cincinnati, you know Bearcats stick together through thick and thin. The bonds that friends build while attending UC are as strong as family ties. When a member of the Bearcat family becomes ill, alumni pull together to support their family member.

Leslie Andrew was the women's basketball
 team captain for two years.
Leslie Andrew (Knoch) (A&S ’05 and CECH ’08), a two-year team captain of the women’s basketball team, was diagnosed with melanoma during the summer of 2011. Since Leslie’s diagnosis, her friends and family, a close knit group of UC alumni, have been at her side throughout her battle with cancer.

“Leslie is one of my greatest gifts from UC. The university could not have recruited a more talented, intelligent, dedicated, loyal and inspirational basketball player,” said friend and UC Alum Anna Barrett. “We are indeed a Bearcat family.”

Following Leslie’s diagnosis, she underwent extensive surgery and went into remission thereafter. Unfortunately, after a year in remission, Leslie’s cancer returned. Since then, Leslie has undergone radiation treatments and immunotherapy. She is currently hoping to be part of a cancer treatment trial in Maryland.

“If you ever had the chance to watch Leslie on the basketball court, you know she is a fighter,” explained Allison Hoehn, UC alum and friend of Leslie.

Leslie and her husband Jon and son Landon are
pictured here. Leslie is a school counselor with the
 Northwest School District and is very active in her community. 
With the support of Leslie’s husband Jon, 2-year-old son Landon, family and friends, Leslie has not battled cancer alone. Leslie’s supporters are planning a fundraiser event for Leslie and her family on February 16, 2013. The fundraiser titled, “Team up for Leslie” will assist Leslie with her medical treatment costs.

The UC Community will also show their support for Leslie at the women’s basketball game on Feb. 23 at Fifth Third Arena. Bearcat fans are encouraged to attend the game to show their support for Leslie and other Bearcats fighting cancer.

“We are excited and grateful that the women’s basketball team will honor Leslie and her family  during pre-game on Feb. 23rd," said Hoehn. “We hope everyone will come out and support the fight against cancer while supporting one of UC’s own."

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1 comment:

  1. We are proud to know Leslie. She shows character in everything she does. We wish her the best in the biggest fight of her life. Go Leslie!