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Tiffany Tate

Seton Catholic Preparatory

Courage Award Recipient

Most students at Chandler High school back in the 90’s knew Tiffany Tate status as a basketball star.  She was part of 2 state championship teams. But most could not quite comprehend the burden she lived with on a daily basis. The girl who was so full of life had been dealing with Cystic Fibrosis since she was born.  

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe. There is no cure and too many lives are cut far too short.

Diagnosed at 4 months old, Tiffany never allowed her condition to define her or her life.  She grew up and kept giving to her community. She found love with her husband, best friend and soulmate, Kevin Eckes.  And she went on to become Assistant Basketball Coach at her school, Seton Catholic.

Known as Coach Tiff, she was a part of seven state championships.  She played and coached with gusto and despite her own physical challenges, she never let that stop her from being there and loving her players and head coach Karen Self.  

She  underwent double lung transplants in 2012 and 2014 and then battled cancer brought on by the Immunosuppressive Medications given to transplant patients.  Through it all, she showed extraordinary courage, always choosing to Live in the Moment.  She is forever known for her passionate personality and grit.

Surrounded by her family, Tiffany passed away this past year on Sept 28, 2018.  Her spirit will never be forgotten.


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Events for the week of June 17, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WSFL Football Meeting - 7:00 am - 11:59 pm

New Board Member Orientation - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday, June 20, 2019

SMAC Meeting - 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Friday, June 21, 2019

AIA Office Closed - 7:00 am - 11:59 pm

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