Visits from friends strewn across the country continue this week, and all will echo that Will and Angie both exhibit a strength that is out of this world. In fact, as their friend Jamie mentioned, on Monday night, Will joined a group of about 15 friends and family outside at their apartment pool for an hour or so. In the same beautiful breath, Will joked and laughed with friends, asked them to pray in any way they know how, and held their hands closely to express love and gratitude as they eventually slipped away to allow him rest.
It’s all so truly inspiring.
As one can imagine, the odds seem against Will, but upon entering their apartment, one cannot help but be filled with hope. Hope, despite the hospice.
I happened to be among the gathering on Monday. During which, an impromptu prayer session, offered by people in all sorts of spiritual walks, took place. Before we began, Will said “thanks” — for the prayers, of course, and for all the love and support we’ve offered he and Angie over these last few months. I couldn’t help but think that this moment of thanks to these 15-some people was an echo of thanks to the the hundreds of you, #GoTeamGray, who have been sending all the prayers you can muster. Prayers and well wishes for healing, for peace, for restoration, for relief from pain…these were all uttered in the few moments we spent laying hands on Will.
While we still don’t have answers to the Why or How this all happened, Where the cancer is now, What’s next in the coming days, and certainly don’t want to believe the negative When some doctors may tell us, we’re choosing to believe that the Who behind all of this hears our hearts and knows how deeply Will is loved.
After the “Amen,” it was time for us to let Will rest. In fact, it was probably an hour or so overdue, but Will was “torn” between being present with those he loves and giving his body the rest it’s demanding. So, exhausted and all, Will took the time to hold the hand of everyone in the room, look them in the eye and tell them how much he loved them before he headed to sleep.
His body may be weaker than it used to be, his frame smaller, but there is still a hope, a superhuman strength, and a wisdom pulsing through his veins, urging him to keep on.
And that, friends, is yet another reason why we’re proud to be a part of #GoTeamGray.
What’s next? Well, we continue to pray. Angie continues to juice (amongst offering the most loving affection many of us have ever seen). Will continues to fight (amongst continuing to offer insight into this life to all he encounters). Friends and family continue to visit.
And while we know it’s not on Will or Angie’s mind these days, for they are far more focused on the fight, we’re hoping the #GoTeamGray community can pour increased love in the way of donations. By no means do Will or Angie expect it (in fact, they may be uncomfortable with this paragraph altogether). But the truth is, the Grays have not been able to work these past few months, and the reality of living in LA and undergoing intense medical care on private insurance will visit them soon. Wouldn’t it be great to raise enough money so that they never have to concern themselves with this? We’re hoping that through a small donation of your daily wages, your coffee allowance for the week, or some other small token of support, we’ll be able to allow them to focus on what’s really important.
After all, money is not what today is about, Will and Angie would argue.
Today is for being present with the people you love. Today is for leaning into God for the strength that your body may not be able to muster. Today is for celebrating the life lived and for petitioning for life remaining.
Today is for hope.
Love, Allison (on behalf of #GoTeamGray)