NBA officials to wear No. 57 patch during Finals

NBA referees officiating the Finals will wear number 57 on their jerseys to recognize NBA referee Greg Willard who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The gesture of support for Greg and his family was arranged in cooperation with the NBA.

Greg Willard has been an NBA referee for 24 seasons and has officiated over 1,500 regular season games, 120 playoff games and has been officiating in The Finals since the 2009-2010 season. “Greg’s professionalism and integrity have made him a role model within the NBA community,” said NBRA General Counsel Lee Seham. “We want him and his family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg and his family. Fight, Greg!

In Memory of Bob Rowett

Bob Rowett

Bob Rowett 7/14/1931 to 4/26/2012

Bob Rowett was a Mountain Home Idaho native and served his city, county and state as an attorney, Idaho State Senator and Idaho District Judge. After retirement he continued volunteering and serving on the Idaho Centennial Committee, as a volunteer for the city and county historical societies and with his church. He gave of himself willingly and without question no matter what was asked, humbly refusing accolades always. His quiet wit often took us unaware and his kindness to all never wavered. bob was diagnosed in mid-March, 2010 and died of pancreatic cancer just six weeks later, still researching answers to help find a cure.

Written by Patty Rowett-Matlock

Remembering Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson 1945 to 7/2/2000

In loving memory of my dear sister, Barb~~~

Barb was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, November 1999 and passed away 7 short months later. One day she was fine, then the next was given this diagnosis. Barb was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend. She loved life and was a very outgoing individual. She fought this battle with all that she had. She lost this battle so now I, her sister, carry that battle forward by volunteering for PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK (www.pancan.org) We MUST find an early detection method, to slow this train down and then move forward to a cure!

Written by Barb’s sister, Kathy Hlebichuk