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Former Conley, ECU football player dies

Published On: May 18 2012 04:14:35 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 29 2012 09:04:00 AM CDT
PITT COUNTY -

Former ECU defensive back and D.H. Conley baseball player Spencer Hampton died Friday morning from cancer.

Friday morning Hampton's sister Ashley Hampton Sarafino posted on the "Prayers for Spencer" Facebook group that Spencer lost his battle against cancer shortly after 1 a.m.

Hampton was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in March. Blurred vision, slurred speech and ringing of the ears turned out to be symptoms of four tumors found on Hampton's brain.

Hampton's sister Ashley Hampton Sarafino sais Hampton passed away in the comfort of his home with his wife Lindsay Styons Hampton.

Sarafino said up to his last day he was always in good spirits and kept his sense of humor.

"When Spencer was first diagnosed, he was working, he was out , he was trying to play pranks on the boys when they were mowing grass. He just was not going to let cancer beat him, " Sarafino. " There was never a time when Spencer felt sorry for himself, I think Spencer worried more about us then he did for himself."

Sarafino said he always took the time to give back to other who had been there for him. Hampton even spoke at high former high school to students at D.H. Conley.

Nearly 6,000 people have offered their sympathy and support to the Hampton family on the Facebook group page "Prayers for Hampton." The shirts, bracelets and other items printed with Hampton's motto "Against All Odds" have been seen all over the nation.

Sarafino said even the president of the Carolina Panthers Danny Morrison called Hampton after hearing about his inspirational story.

Hampton helped his high school team to win the 2005 and 2006 state championships in baseball. Hampton walked on the ECU Pirate football team as a defensive back and played in the Liberty Bowl.

Hampton graduated from East Carolina University in 2011 and married Lindsay Styons in April.

Hampton was 25 years old.

Instead of flowers, Spencer asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor.

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The "Against All Odds" Zumbathon is scheduled to raise money and support for former ECU defensive back Spencer Hampton.

The zumbathon will be at D.H. Conley High School Saturday, May 19th as an effort to help Hampton raise money for medical bills. The money will also go towards the Spencer Hampton fund that will eventually sponsor a scholarship for a D.H. Conley athlete.

Hampton was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in March. Blurred vision, slurred speech and ringing of the ears turned out to be symptoms of four tumors found on Hampton's brain.

Family friend Morgan Craig-Hazelwood said Hampton and his family have kept their spirits up and stayed positive as Hampton goes through chemotherapy treatments and physical therapy.

“He’s just been a real inspiration to a lot of people that he has no clue he's even touched," Craig-Hazelwod said.

The zumbathon begins at 10 a.m. in the D.H. Conley gymnasium. Admission is $15.

Craig-Hazelwood said there will be lots of fun for attendees. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win gift prizes from area Greenville businesses.

Hampton helped his high school team to win the 2005 and 2006 state championships in baseball. Hampton walked on the ECU Pirate football team as a defensive back and played in the Liberty Bowl.