This past week saw the inevitable happen. Luke Siegel, a valiant fighter, passed away. I only say inevitable because the leader of Team Luke had been to the brink of death many times before, but his spirit and resolve often seemed stronger than death. Unfortunately, it comes for us all. It's a part of life.

That doesn't mean that death is defeat. Luke Siegel will live for a really long time as the millions he impacted carry his memory and story on. Team Luke is a gigantic sea of people with an enormous reach that will be able to help countless families going through what the Siegel's went through. Their journeys will be blessed.

I was inspired by the outpouring of support in the wake of the news this week that Siegel had passed away. Texas Tech Athletic programs, teams, and coaches all gave their condolences on social media.

Pointing out Siegel as an inspiration and a fighter.

Head football coach Matt Wells said that Siegel's memory and legacy will live on forever.

Wells and the coaching staff then wore Team Luke gear to Saturday's scrimmage in memory of Siegel. I bet the football team will feature a Team Luke sticker on their helmets this year in honor of Siegel.

Head Basketball coach called Luke a, "tremendous fighter and inspiration to all of us."

Patrick Mahomes, who has worn a Team Luke bracelet in every NFL game he's played in, said on Twitter, "The impact you made in my life will never be forgotten."

More former and current Red Raiders reached out to the Siegel Family via social media.

Texas Tech Soccer honored Luke before their first Soccer game last week with a moment of silence.

Head coach Tom Stone also talked about the inspiration he takes from Luke's story like love, faith, and strength.

Lady Raiders coach Krista Gerlich shared photos of Luke and the Lady Raiders and with her former team at the University of Texas-Arlington.

More programs gave their condolences.

It's not just Texas Tech athletic programs either, LCU baseball felt the impact of Team Luke during the last five years.

Nationally, Dick Vitale gave his condolences after meeting the Siegel's and being a speaker at the Team Luke Foundation years ago.

Possibly the biggest impact and Siegel's biggest fan over the years was former New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. Luke, a huge Saints fan, had huge support from the quarterback and from the Saints team.

The team also gave condolences to Siegel and his family and friends.

Luke Siegel's visitation and funeral plans have been announced and because of Luke's impact on the community, it will be open to the public.

His public visitation will be held Friday, August 27 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock. Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers is located at 6025 82nd Street, near 82nd Street and Iola Avenue. The memorial service for Luke Siegel will be held Saturday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Texas Tech's United Supermarkets Arena. A private burial will follow the memorial service.

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