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Beloved Dubuque Area Coach and Teacher loses her battle with cancer

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DUBUQUE(KWWL)--A small memorial hangs at the Dubuque Wahlert tennis courts---close to the sign showing the Julie Westercamp influenced Boys state titles in 2016 and 2018.

Dubuque Wahlert assistant coaches Eric Lucy and Aimee Walsh say Westercamp' positive, energetic attitude
led the way.

Eric Lucy said, "She was just so enthusiastic, ENCOURAGING AND I think she always expected more out of you than maybe sometimes you thought you could give."
Aimee Walsh said, "Never negative always positive--you can do this that is how she was in tennis and in life."

After winning the 2016 State Title… Julie Westercamp discovered she had pancreatic cancer….but Coach Lucy says Westercamp demonstrated enormous strength.

Eric Lucy " It was amazing--you didn't you couldn't tell she had cancer that was the amazing thing she would show up for practices she'd come to the meets she did not miss that much."

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Nat Sot There was a lot of Support for Westercamp--The Linn-Mar Boys Tennis team wearing Team Westy tee-shirts and a Go Fund Me Page that raised $35-thousand dollars in a short time

After being declared cancer free in 2018….Julie Westercamp saw it return in 2019. Aimee Walsh says still coached and she still played--helping her USTA team win state.

Aimee Walsh " She played her last match in November just last year and she won both of her matches she played for us still on our team yes--team Westy!

The last time the 3 Coaches were together---Julie Westercamp gave Eric and Aimee the book How High Can You Bounce? Turning Setbacks into Comebacks.

Walsh "So I was looking through some videos last night and I have a video of she and I hitting and just to hear her voice it just seems like she is still here..

Rick Coleman

Sports Director

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