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Willard Honored for Cancer Fight


NBA referee Greg Willard received the Spirit of Hope Award during the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s 15th annual Evening with the Stars. The event took place Oct. 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Willard, 53, has been an NBA referee for 24 years. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2012.

The Spirit of Hope Award recognizes an individual or family who displays tremendous courage and fortitude in coping with pancreatic cancer and inspires others to do the same throughout their journeys with the disease.

“Greg’s professionalism and integrity have made him a role model within the NBA community,” said National Basketball Referees Association General Counsel Lee Seham. “We want him and his family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Like all NBA referees, Willard is an NASO member.

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