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Melissa Erickson Passes Away After Fight With ALS
Release: 06/06/2013
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June 6, 2013

SEATTLE - Former Washington basketball player Melissa Erickson died Wednesday after a seven-year fight with Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was 34 years old.

Erickson, who earned four letters the 1997-98 season through 2000-01, played in 92 games during her UW career, which was cut short by a knee injury during her senior season. That year, the Huskies won a share of the Pac-10 championship and made a run to the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Tournament.

Born in Platte, South Dakota, and a graduate of Heritage High in Littleton, Colo., Erickson was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2006 at the age of 27. Since then, her Husky teammates organized a number of events to raise awareness.

Details on a public memorial will be provided at a later date.

In the meantime, the entire UW athletic family sends its condolences to Melissa's family and teammates.

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