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      Beverly Hill gives backhand to cancer

      Lexington, SC (WACH)- Winning is something Beverly Hill has been accustomed to so it is no surprise when faced with her biggest obstacle yet, she defeated it.

      Hill is a one of 16 members on the 2014 South Carolina 40 and over State Champion tennis team in Lexington.

      She's been a part of a winning tradition for four years, but in March she received news that wasn't so victorious.

      "I found a lump in my breast and went in for a biopsy," Hill said. "It came back that it was cancerous."

      Devastating news for a mother, sister, daughter, teacher and teammate. But like every other challenge, Hill was ready to fight.

      After undergoing a double mastectomy in April, Hill hoped she would avoid chemotherapy, but that wouldn't be the case. She began treatments in April and lost much of her hair, but never lost hope because of the ones close to her.

      "I've had so much support from my team," Hill said.

      Teammates spent hours with her during her chemo treatments, brought her food and continued to encourage Hill that she would beat this.

      "We were there for her and no one hesitated to do so," team captain Carol Wiggins said. "We were always ready to help Beverly."

      Four long months of treatment. On July 10, the moment came. Beverly Hill was ready for her final round of chemotherapy.

      With her friends, family and teammates by her side, Hill received final words from her doctor that it was over. The smile on her face said it all. Hill was ready to ring the bell that signals a patient's run of treatments are over.

      "I think God sends friends and he uses them and that's what he did," Hill said.

      And now her teammates are ready for Hill to rejoin them and use that same backhand she gave to cancer on the court very soon.