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Condolences to the Krebs family

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From everyone at the UK Athletics department, our condolences go out to former UK guard Mark Krebs and his family who are dealing with a heavy loss today. Terri Krebs, the mother of Mark Krebs, died Wednesday after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 49.

Mrs. Krebs first battled breast cancer nine years ago. Last summer, doctors informed her that the cancer had spread to her bones, lungs and liver.

Despite the news, Mrs. Krebs valiantly fought the disease and made it through the Kentucky men's basketball season for Mark's Senior Day. New coach, five first-round draft picks, all the wins - no story compared to the fight Mrs. Krebs put up to see her son on an emotional Senior Day. Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader summed up the day in a great piece in early March.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his family as he fights through this difficult time. As employees at UK, it is part of our job to promote the well-being of our student-athletes. Having said that, you can't help but root a little bit harder for a kid like Mark Krebs. He is a class act in every sense of the word, and it breaks all of our hearts at UK to hear that he and his family have to go through a tragic time like this.

"I know I speak for all of the Big Blue Nation when I express my deepest sympathies to Mark Krebs, his family and their friends as they mourn the loss of Mark's mom, Terri," men's basketball head coach John Calipari said in a statement. "One of the special parts of our first year in Kentucky was being able to coach Mark and get to know him and his family. I just finished writing the foreword to Mark's upcoming book and my words were largely inspired by Terri's memorable participation in Senior Day ceremonies. Rest in peace Terri and know that all of the Big Blue Nation is here for your family."

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