Aug. 5, 2010
CINCINNATI - Andy Caress, who played tennis at Coastal Carolina University from 2004-07, lost his battle with melanoma this week.
Caress, 25, had battled skin cancer since being diagnosed in November 2008. Part of that battle was starting the "Mela-Know-More Foundation" to alert the world of the seriousness of Melanoma Skin Cancer and the dangers of the sun's harmful rays, and to educate all human beings that Melanoma does not just affect the fair skinned, rather all colors and races.
"Everyone who came in contact with Andy during his time at Coastal Carolina was truly blessed," said Coastal Carolina head tennis coach Chris Powers. "He had a heart of gold among friends and teammates, but he was also a tenacious competitor on the court. I will never forget his incredible sense of humor, his unique laugh, and that big warm smile. He was a true champion in every sense of word, and he never let a terrible disease affect an indomitable human spirit."
While at Coastal Carolina, Caress was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete Award honoree, posting at least a 3.5 GPA or better throughout his collegiate career. His is tied for 10th on the Chanticleer all-time doubles wins list with 43.
"Andy is a true hero and fought a brave battle," said Coastal Carolina Senior Woman Administrator Cari Rosiek. "He was well known by many of our student-athletes that played during his eligibly.
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