July 22nd , 2013 10:11 am Leave a comment

Milligan team lends strength to coach in battle against son’s cancer

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By Melissa Nipper

Brad Hill is accustomed to encouraging student-athletes, helping them overcome challenges and celebrating their victories with them.

Photo by Picsee StudioWhen a Milligan College coach's son was diagnosed with cancer days after his birth, Brad Hill, his wife Ashley, 3-year-old Brody and newborn Kael found themselves surrounded by support from the campus, with help coming in the form of haircuts, bracelets, a fashion show and more.

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When a Milligan College coach’s son was diagnosed with cancer days after his birth, Brad Hill, his wife Ashley, 3-year-old Brody and newborn Kael found themselves surrounded by support from the campus, with help coming in the form of haircuts, bracelets, a fashion show and more.

As assistant baseball coach and the former head cycling coach at Milligan, Hill is a pillar of strength for his teams on the playing field.

But last year, a frightening diagnosis in his family reversed the roles, and the coach drew strength from his players.

On June 21, 2012, Hill’s wife, Ashley, gave birth to their second son, Kael. After a week of grueling medical tests and a surgery, eight-day-old Kael was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscle.

Word of Kael’s cancer spread to the Hills’ family and friends, including the Milligan community. Brad decided to take a leave of absence from his coaching duties in order to help care for Kael, who started chemotherapy treatments within a few weeks.

While Hill stepped back from his coaching responsibilities, his players and colleagues at Milligan stepped up to support the family with encouragement, fundraisers, and prayers for a victory over the biggest opponent they had ever faced as a team – cancer.

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