Hall Of Fame Friend To Many

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By Kevin Boyle

Clare Droesch was selected as a high school All-American basketball player. She was one of the very top players in the entire country. Her hoops prowess got her on magazine covers.  She was offered scholarships to powerhouse schools and eventually chose Boston College. In her final home game, she helped beat No. 1-ranked UConn in a nationally televised game. She had a great enough career to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. Clare was a legit basketball legend.

And although the accolades were deserved and plentiful, they hardly captured Clare, the person—the force of nature that touched so many people. Clare Droesch made her life so much bigger and fuller than basketball. If there were an All-American team based on how many friends you had, and how many people you inspired, Clare would be First Team.

After a 324-week battle, she succumbed to cancer last Friday, May 11 at the age of 36. When the cancer was first discovered more than six years ago, Clare took the fight public and told everyone she was going to give it her all. Although it was her battle, she said she found strength by thinking of others. She wrote about her dad holding her hand on the way home from treatments and how she knew he’d trade places with her, die for her. She said the nausea and pain she felt would disappear when they passed the Freedom Tower in the car. She thought about the victims of 9/11 and the families still struggling with the loss and how some people were alone in their grief. She had family, she had friends for support. It was like being on a team again.

Testimonials on Facebook were posted by hundreds of people, heartbroken over the news. Many cited her strength and inspiration while others called her cool, funny, wild – a partner in crime – caring, humble, and generous. A high school friend wrote, “When I transferred into Christ The King as a sophomore, I shared a locker corner with an amazingly cool, funny lady who was one of the most welcoming people I had ever met. I had no idea she was an All-American basketball player but I definitely thought of her as an all-world person and friend.” 

Her life was short; her impact everlasting. There should be one more trophy, one last honor because Clare Droesch had a Hall of Fame life.

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