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Old Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:50pm
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NBA Referee Willard

Cancer can get to anyone. Thoughts to Mr. Willard and his family. Hopefully we can find a cure for this terrible disease.

Longtime referee Greg Willard gets cancer diagnosis - ESPN


NBA referee Greg Willard, who was scheduled to work Wednesday's Spurs-Thunder game before being replaced due to illness, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Referees during the Finals will wear No. 57, Willard's number, on their jerseys to recognize the veteran official, the National Basketball Referee Association said.

Greg Willard has been officiating NBA games for two decades.
Willard worked games in this season's playoffs, including one just last week between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

Willard has been an NBA referee for 24 years and has worked the Finals since the 2009-10 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."

A source told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher after Willard was pulled from Wednesday's game that a blood test revealed the possibility of a serious illness.
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Old Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:04pm
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Game 7 Officials - Celtics vs Heat

Been mentioned in that thread. Wish the absolute best for Mr. Willard.
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NFL Referee #99 Tony Corrente has had good news regarding his cancer.

Prayers that Willard will beat it too.
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