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Photo: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis signed a portrait by a member of the church where the Lilliston family attends. The portrait features Joshua alongside Lewis and will be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit a local school.

It has been more than a year since Joshua Lilliston, a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, lost his battle with a rare form of eye cancer. To honor their fallen classmate, the cadets donated the proceeds from their annual Shadow Day fundraiser to the the newly created Joshua Lilliston ‘14 Memorial Scholarship fund.

The recipient of this scholarship is an upperclassman in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets with a medical condition preventing the student from entering the military.

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to this fund, you can donate online, or send a check to the Virginia Tech Foundation with “Lilliston Scholarship” on the memo line. The address is Virginia Tech, University Development 0336, Blacksburg, VA 24061, Attention VTCC.

About Shadow Day

Each year, the Corps of Cadets has a Shadow Day in which freshmen cadets bid for a chance to shadow high-ranking upperclassmen in leadership positions. TheĀ event takes place over two days. The top bidders shadow their upperclassman on the first day to learn about the leadership position they hold. On the second day, the freshmen take over the upperclassmen positions and rank and lead the regiment for the day.