Ian Begley at ESPN NY tells us the story of Adam Graves' amazing connection with 11-year-old Taylor Ryan, who is currently receiving chemotherapy to rid her body of neurodegenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare blood disorder that can affect the central nervous system.
"She was miserable," Taylor's mother, Teresa, says.
But her mood changed when former New York Rangers star Adam Graves, visiting the hospital on behalf of Madison Square Garden's Garden of Dreams Foundation, poked his head into Taylor's room to say hello.
"She just perked up," Teresa Ryan says.
"He had her smiling when I couldn't get her to smile that day. They meshed. I don't know what it was."
Graves has stayed in constant contact with Taylor attending numerous Garden of Dreams events with her as well as her birthday.
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...not that I have to tell anyone who reads this blog, but this is obviously not the exception but the norm when it comes to Graves. I have posted about numerous good deeds this man has done over the years and everytime I do, I'm flooded with e-mail from readers telling me their Graves story. Whether it's him securing a MSG suite for a Rangers fan with cancer or just giving out his personal e-mail address to keep in touch with someone he met at the game, Graves genuinely cares about his fellow man. He doesn't do these things because he has to, he does them because he wants to. And that is such a rare trait in this world today. I really don't think I'm overstating it, actually I may be understating it, when I say he is one the greatest humans alive.
...plus he helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup.
Let's put aside my affection for Mr. Graves for a moment. I am a puddle of tears over this little girl's horrible illness & struggle. I pray she continues her fight with strength & resolve. And having NYR #9 around to cheer her on? Well, that's just Gravy!!! ;)
Graves should be eligible for Sainthood. Sure lots of athletes do charity work, but with Adam it never stops. Bless his heart.
An all-time Rangers great on the ice...an all-time humanity great off the ice! He's my all-time favorite Ranger and I hope to meet him one day, but I'd rather he just keep meeting the people that need to meet him more than I. Keep up the great work Gravey!
Definitely my all time favorite Ranger. When I was working at UPS, I had the route for the practice facility in Rye one day. He was walking in the door and I whispered "Holy shit, that's Adam Graves" he heard me say it and came over to me and just started talking to me like I was a buddy of his. Gave me his autograph. Kind, genuine dude and a bad ass!
Besides all of his extra effort, Graves has another way of connecting ... I guess it's true compassion. He changes people's lives with kindness. Gotta Love this guy.
The exemplary Ranger... my favorite player of all time and one of the greatest to ever don the Ranger Blue! Every time I'm at the Garden and see his #9 in the rafters it makes me very proud... even more so because I was there that night seeing it raised to the Garden ceiling!