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USC-Aiken's Legg Diagnosed with Cancer

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By John Hart

AIKEN, SC -- USC-Aiken Lady Pacer standout Meredith Legg, the team's all-time leading scorer, has been diagnosed with cancer.

According to women's basketball coach Mike Brandt, doctors have told Legg she has a large melanoma in one of her eyes. It is a rare affliction and Brandt said had the cancer been caught any later, Bit likely would have been fatal.

Instead, Legg will being radiation treatment this Thursday in Philadelphia that is likely to stop the growth of and destroy the cancer, though Legg will likely lose vision in the eye.

"She's doing well," Brandt said Tuesday afternoon. "It was rough for her to tell me. She said 'Coach, bad news, I've got cancer.' But the more we talked the better she felt. I haven't talked to her today but Satu (Leppanen, Meredith's teammate) did and she said she is much better today, much more optimistic."

Just last month, Legg became the Lady Pacers' all-time leading scorer. She finished her career with one thousand-480 points and was recently named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic and All-Conference teams.

According to Brandt, Legg discovered the problem late last week when she began having slight vision problems. She saw a school nurse, who referred her to a specialist who diagnosed the cancer.

"She is a strong person and competitor," said Brandt. "She's a really good person, a very strong person and I think she'll be positive about this and come through with flying colors."

Meredith is not the only member of her family to battle the disease. Her brother is currently in remission from another form of cancer.

Meredith is already in Philadelphia to begin radiation treatments later this week.

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