VALPARAISO | The Drew family was having a great start to the 2013 calendar year long before the Valparaiso men’s basketball team earned a trip to the NCAA tournament.
The family received word last month that Janet Drew’s most recent scan came back cancer-free. The matriarch of the Drew family still has checkups planned as doctors continue to monitor her progress, but the news is positive right now.
“We found out (Feb. 19) when we played at Loyola,” Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew said. “My parents went up earlier in the day and I was just praying all day, waiting to hear from them. My dad called and said the scan was clear.”
Outside of attending Valparaiso and Baylor games this season, Janet Drew has stayed largely out of the limelight during her recovery from bladder cancer, but Homer Drew was happy to speak for the family on Sunday night following the news that No. 14 Valparaiso will travel to Auburn Hills to play No. 3 Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
“It’s such a blessing from God that Janet came out with a CAT Scan that was cancer-free,” Homer said. “This is the best that she has been and we will continue to monitor everything. We’re just very blessed right now.”
The Drew parents are hoping to attend Baylor’s NIT game against Long Beach State on Wednesday night in Waco before flying to Auburn Hills for Valparaiso’s morning tip against the Spartans.
Both Homer and Janet were present Tuesday when the Crusaders knocked off Wright State in the Horizon League title game, clinching a NCAA tournament spot and cutting down a piece of the net in the process.
“I thought they deserved to be part of that moment, so I made sure they got to go up and get a piece of the net,” Bryce said. “With my dad coaching some of the players and with everything my mom has been through, I wanted to let them know that they were very much a part of this.”