Most everyone knows B/R's own Gray Ghost. He's from Georgia, and you can often tell this through his comments during the college football season about his Georgia Bulldogs.
Although he makes his fandom known, his comments on articles for other teams are always kind, encouraging, and inspirational. And his articles are nothing short of that as well.
It almost seems like every article Gray writes is filled with some kind of encouraging message meant to help those in need. In fact, when I first started on B/R, he wrote an article for all the youngsters on the site, promoting our writing.
Gray welcomed me with open keys, and was one of the main people that really helped me to get started here on B/R and become my own writer. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
So recently, when Gray stopped showing up as often, I made a joke and asked him if he was only a member during football season. His response left me dumbfounded.
He left me a post of my bulletin board asking me to pray for his grandson.
Josiah, a 4-year-old little boy, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor about a month ago. Gray asked me and many other members on B/R to pray for him and talked to me through e-mail about the situation.
Gray continued to shock me. Throughout his whole e-mail, Gray talked about God and his faith and how we couldn't always understand why God did certain things but that there was always a purpose.
His last sentence struck me the hardest, though: "If I could trade places with the little guy, I would do it in a second."
Once again, Gray proves how selfless he is.
Now, Josiah is in a coma after spending his Make-A-Wish trip in Disney World. Doctors have said the bleeding in his brain is massive and he won't make it more than a few days.
I write this to ask everyone to please keep Gray, Josiah, and the whole Ghost family in your prayers. (Dean Herring is the actual name.)
Gray has always been there for each of us, whether to help us grow as writers, as people, or just in getting more reads for an article.
I say we do the same for him. Let him know he and his grandson are in your prayers and that your thoughts are with them.
A simple act of kindness can go a long way.