BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will honor a beloved alum of the program this coming Wednesday, dedicating its Conference Carolinas match against King College to the memory of Meme Brown, a former member of the team who passed away last week after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Meme joined the Bobcat family in 2009 as a freshman on the women's volleyball team, playing in 18 matches while recording 40 kills and 19 blocks in limited action. A native of Boonville, N.C., Meme was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December of 2009 but continued to play the sport she loved despite her illness.
After successfully fighting the cancer into remission, Meme returned to the court in 2010 with her teammates, appearing in 14 matches and making six starts for the Bobcats. Following the 2010 season, Meme decided to transfer to nearby Appalachian State University to pursue a degree in nursing but stayed connected with the campus community and her teammates, returning often to watch as many matches as she could.
The volleyball program has hosted several cancer awareness events in Meme's honor over the last several seasons, with Wednesday evening serving as the latest addition to that tradition. Meme was a gift to all who knew her, and will be forever remembered by Lees-McRae College and its campus community for her love of life and a contagious smile that won the hearts of everyone she met.
In honor of Meme and her courageous battle with ovarian cancer, the Lees-McRae volleyball program will have a table in the main lobby of Williams Gymnasium available to accept any and all donations to one of the following: the Meme Mckensie Brown Fight Like A Girl Scholarship Fund, the Brown family, or the American Cancer Society.
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