On Sept. 27, Gene Graves got to see his granddaughter, Taylor Duncan, play volleyball.
At first, this doesn't sound like anything special. When you look deeper however, this was a feat that the Ducan family took extra pride in.
On Valentines day of this year, Graves was diagnosed with the terminal state of pancreatic cancer- fourth deadliest type of cancer, according to Taylor’s mom, Cindy Duncan. To honor Taylor’s grandpa, Duncan's volleyball teammates donned purple headbands - the official color of pancreatic cancer - and purple ribbons for their game against Holdredge Sept. 27. Honoring their teammates grandfather, and everyone fighting pancreatic cancer, was something the players themselves rallied around and an idea they came up with.
"It was the one game that Taylor's grandpa could go to," teammate Sami Gaston said. "We wore purple headbands and ribbons for pancreatic cancer. We all wanted to do it."
Although the team fell short that night (story page B3 of Oct. 4 Custer County Chief), the night in support of Graves and people fighting this disease didn't let the Duncan's spirit waiver . . .
See the Oct. 4 Custer County Chief for full story.