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Inspiration from Afar
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/17/2012
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Aug. 17, 2012

As she was set to arrive to the University of Arizona, it was not in Lexe Selman's plan to worry about chemotherapy and various doctor appointments. Diagnosed on April 20, the Selman's received news that no family wants to hear: Leukemia. Lexe had signed a National Letter of Intent with the Fall 2012 class but has postponed her arrival until 2013.

Vowing to Lexe and her family to keep her dreams of playing at the collegiate soccer level alive, Arizona head coach Lisa Oyen has promised to hold Lexe's roster spot and number until she is able to play. Coach Oyen and assistant head coaches Tim Bennett and Danielle Sunderhaus separately made trips to Utah to visit Lexe during her difficult journey through chemotherapy.

While visiting the Selman's in Utah, Coach Bennett was able to witness an inspiring, unforgettable moment. Lexe was cleared by her physicians to warm up and start a game with her club soccer team. The plan was to kick the ball out of bounds and have Lexe leave the game but she had other plans. Within two minutes of the start of the game, Lexe received a pass from a teammate and struck the ball and scored a goal.

During the 2012 season, the Wildcat women's soccer team will be wearing a pre-game warm-up shirt with the number 13 in honor of Lexe. They plan on wearing this warm-up shirt before every game until Lexe's arrival. The Arizona soccer team is standing behind Lexe one hundred percent as they continue to send her text messages, emails and letters showing their endless support in helping her beat Leukemia. Lexe's courage and fight has been an inspiration to the Wildcats as they begin their 2012 season.

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