Family, Friends, Grief

Meredith would be 30 today

Thank you to everyone who left messages and shared their special thoughts and memories of Meredith. These are just a few…

Today is Meredith’s 30th Birthday. I am sure we would have celebrated at the UNC/DUKE game
tonight.  
We love you Meredith❤ – Mom 12809660_10206472653751168_7480868235469446277_n

Today is Meredith’s 30th birthday. Miss her so. – Dad

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Today Meredith would have been 30. I love this memory of when she would work with Chase on his dribbling in the kitchen. He adored her. Happy Birthday Merebear. – Lyndsi (sister)

 

Happy 30th birthday, sweet Meredith !! Watch over our Heels tonight! 💕🎈🎊 Courtney

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Happy Bday dear friend. This was during the first Peach Belt Tournament to be hosted at the convocation center. We put USCA on the map that weekend. Also, your 21st bday. – Lyv

Happy Birthday, Meredith!! Love you more. – Kendall

Sitting in the Dean Dome, waiting on the game and thinking about Meredith  who turns 30 today in heaven. Missing her and knowing “she lived for this”. – Laurel

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Happy 30th Birthday Meredith! I miss you so damn much but I am so grateful for the time I did have with you and even more proud to call you my cousin and A1 sister! See you soon… – Vanessa

3 years have passed but not a moment with Meredith has been forgotten. I miss my sister from another mister with her beautiful smile and soul ❤️ – Satu

Happy 30th Birthday sweet Meredith.. Beautiful memories that will never be forgotten .. Love & miss you 🌺 – Susan 

Happy Birthday Meredith in heaven. Prayers there will be a cure someday soon…We miss her everyday. – Sandy

Happy heavenly birthday sweet Mere. Love you bunches and miss you like crazy!! – ChristinaImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and shoes

Happy Birthday Mert!!! Miss you and love you!! –Megan

Thinking of you – Elyse

Happy birthday gods angel. I miss you so much and love you. – Sasuke

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2017 Winner of the Meredith Legg award is….

2017 award winnerSYDNEY TOOLE!!!

 

Below is the beautiful announcement of this special award from the Mead Hall newsletter “In the Loop”

 

Dear Mead Hall families and friends,

 

Valor is a virtue reserved for a select few… knights in shining armor, pilgrims in foreign lands, patriots protecting their country, and one former Mead Hall basketball coach.
Meredith Legg wasn’t just any basketball coach. She coached our middle school girls basketball team to their first winning season, their first league championship…and their second!  She was a record-setting, all-time high scorer at USC-A.  She was Number 24.

Though Meredith was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma at the age of 22, she refused to let cancer define her.  She kept loving her life, living her dreams, trusting God, and inspiring all who knew her.  When she died three years ago, Mead Hall established an award in her memory to honor a female basketball player who exhibited the faith, positive attitude, and determination Meredith possessed.

Last Thursday at Mead Hall’s winter sports award ceremony, Meredith’s parents, Basil and Robin Legg, presented the 2017 Meredith Legg award to Sydney Toole.  Sydney began playing for Meredith as a fourth grader.  The skills and the character that Meredith instilled in her players lives on in Sydney, her teammates, and the Mead Hall basketball program.  The seeds of valor have been planted; they have grown strong; they are bearing much fruit.

~ Mrs. Gordon

 

You have to give your best every day and never give up.

 

~ Meredith Legg Stapleton

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Faith, Family, Grief, Melanoma

Not only was she my daughter, she was my friend

In December 2016, DIFF Charitable Eyewear featured people whose lives have been impacted by ocular melanoma.  Here is the post about Meredith:

“Not only was she my daughter, she was my friend. Being Meredith’s mom was one of the greatest diff-postexperiences a mother could have. I watched her as she grew up and everyday she excelled in something. She was loving, funny, athletic, a scholar, and her love for the Lord was beyond anything I have ever seen. April 8, 2009, she lost her peripheral vision and immediately went to the school nurse. She was referred to a specialist who immediately dilated her eyes and found a 15mm tumor. We went to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia where they did a radiation plaque for 7 days. She lost almost all her vision in her left eye. One year and one month later her PET scans showed 4 lesions on her liver. The cancer had spread… there was no cure. Meredith lived the next 4 years coaching and mentoring girls in basketball, married her high school sweetheart and on February 24, 2014, she died with family surrounding her. She would always say, “I am not afraid for we walk by faith not by sight” ll Corinthians 5:7. She was only 26 years old. I miss my baby everyday. One day I will see her again. She assured me, “Mom, this is only temporary”.

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President Carter Compares his Melanoma Journey to Meredith’s

President Jimmy Carter was recently presented with a Courage Award at the 20th Anniversary Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala by the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). President Carter is the great uncle to Meredith’s husband.  In this video for the MRF, President Carter discusses the advances that have been made in the treatment of melanoma since Meredith’s untimely passing.

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Some joy amid the sadness

16 months ago today we lost our sweet Meredith and this morning, HudsonMeredith’s wonderful sister Lyndsi gave birth to a baby boy 8lbs12oz.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from heaven
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you

We wish this new precious boy a lifetime of love, good health and happiness and know that he will be a testament to his guardian angel.

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