• A Very Special Phone Call to Mrs. Edgar

    Posted: December 2nd, 2010

    My wife Lois is an angel — except when Duke is playing basketball! To say she’s an ardent fan is an understatement; she hasn’t missed watching a game in 15 years. She gets so riled up, that we really have to watch from separate rooms. Unfortunately, this past week, she fell and broke her leg/hip, 3 days before her 85th birthday. My daughter-in-law contacted Coach K through this website, to let him know that one of his biggest fans was down and out. He called a few days later to check on her recovery and send her birthday wishes! He told me about his two hip replacements, and his advice to Lois was to follow the doctor’s orders, to keep a stiff upper lip and everything would turn out fine. Lo and behold, after only a week she has already returned home! He said he would tell the boys that he spoke to Virginia’s number one fan, and pass on to them our hope that they repeat this year. I’m sure Coach K’s call was a big help in speeding her recovery.

    Thanks so much Coach K — you’re a real class act!

    Bill Edgar


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You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

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Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

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