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January 13, 2012

Hamilton Relinquishes Hair in Support of Kilcup Family

While the Pacific Lutheran women's basketball team was not able to stop the visiting Puget Sound Loggers from escaping Olson Auditorium with a 65-58 overtime win on Tuesday night, the game meant more than that to Shelly Kilcup of the Lutes.

Shelly's mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and since then her teammates and the Pacific Lutheran athletics community have shown their support. This all came on the heels of Shelly's father tragically passing away from a heart attack last December.

So when Shelly brought her mother's diagnosis to the team, Allie Hamilton decided to step up. Hamilton decided that if the Lutes could raise at least $3,000 in donations, she would shave her head.

When asked about her decision Allie said, "For our team this fundraiser was about more than a haircut, it was about loving and supporting our teammate. I admire how Shelly and her family have endured trials and kept their spirits high. I was happy to help in whatever way. I love having my hair short because when I look in the mirror I'm reminded to pray for the Kilcups."

PLU head coach Kelly Robinson was in no way surprised about Allie's decision. "Allie stands up for what she believes in and she is extremely committed and loyal to her friends and family. This journey we are taking with Shelly and her family is one that is important to us all and Allie made that clear."

On Tuesday night, just before the end of the game it was announced that the Lutes raised $3,081. So, at halftime of the men's basketball game Tuesday night, Allie had her head shaved by her teammates in front of the whole crowd. Watching the process was emotional, and fans were clearly in awe that Allie went through with her promise.

Shellie said it perfectly. "Allie shaving her head shows how amazing my teammates are. I love them all so much, and I honestly believe no one has a better team than I do. We all care about each other so much, and I couldn't say thanks enough for all they have done for me. They are the best, and mean the world to me."

All of the funds raised are going straight to the Kilcup family's medical expenses. 

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By Laurie Reddy