Posted By manage Oct 28, 2013
Lily, an Illinois native, hoped to make it to a WMU basketball game in her life, but she died a little more than a year ago after a more than two year battle with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer. Lily was 5 years old.
“We played at Northern Illinois a few years ago and Lily was going to try and make it to that game and she got too sick,” Hawkins said with tears in his eyes. “Every time we got close to a date, Cheap Jerseys china http://www.lycheapjerseys.net/ she got to feeling bad and they couldn’t make the trip.
“They promised her they were going to make it over here eventually.”
Before the game, WMU played a touching video featuring Hawkins, which detailed his relationship with the family. Hawkins and Lily’s father, Mike, knew each other during their time at Quincy University where Hawkins served as an assistant and eventually the head coach.
“They had girls and they’re close to the same age as my daughters and when Lily got sick and was first diagnosed, it really hit home,” Hawkins said. “No life is more important than another, but I don’t feel like enough is being done for the childhood cancers.”
After the video, the Rosploch family Mike, his wife, Maria and their daughter, Mya was brought out to center court, where they received a standing ovation by the 3,869 in attendance. Hawkins said when Lily died it was “really hard” and he “was done” for at least two days.