On the morning of March 22, 2008, Scott Martin was preparing for an NCAA Tournament game against Xavier when he received a call that would change his life forever.
In a hotel room in Washington, Martin, then a freshman guard averaging 8.5 points per game for the Purdue Boilermakers, learned that his father, Scott Sr., had woken up and -- more inconveniently than anything -- couldn't open his left eye. It was swollen shut and a sty had begun to grow.
"Originally, you just think it's an allergic reaction -- no big deal, don't worry about it," Martin, now a sixth-year senior at Notre Dame, said now, looking back. "But then it never went away."
The sty would continue to grow larger, and the swelling around the eye would never subside. Eventually, other lesions began to grow, and as more and more doctors failed to diagnose the problem, it became clear that Martin had been wrong -- this was a big deal.
Within a month of his freshman season ending, Martin, fearing the worst, made the d...