All I can say is Wow! Tonight was the Salem Hills High School Basketball team dinner. I was hoping that Eric would have felt up to going to the dinner. And he truly wanted to go, but did not have the strength to make it. But if you will indulge me a moment to tell you about this night.
Coach DeGraffinreid spoke to the boys and told them about how proud he was of them not only as basketball players but as humans. (This is not word for word, but what I heard) He spoke of the trials that the team had to go through this year, including the night when Eric came and told the team about his leg. He told them how proud he was of the team for surrounding Eric with not only support but love. As Coach DeGraffinreid got choked up, it was hard not to be reminded how grateful we are for that love and support, because it has helped Eric to stay strong and take that step, as hard as it is, forward on his treatments.
Coach Griffin spoke about when the team came out of the locker room the night of Eric's last game this season, and the team saw the huge tunnel the student body created for the team to walk through. They were not sure what to do. So Jake Skinner linked arms with Eric and the rest of the team followed suit and walked through the tunnel, giving high fives as they passed.