After honoring four senior players and their families, the team quickly defeated rival Staunton in just two games. With a 31-3 record this season, these Lady Lancers have proven to be one of the best teams in school history.
|Those Lady Lancers sure do LOVE Grace! Senior team members presented Grace with a check from this year's Serving for Grace fundraiser.|
Earlier this year, Lincolnwood volleyball coach Kimberly Denney was one of the very first to reach out to us about honoring Grace at a junior high volleyball game. Kyle's cousins, Kayley and Kensey Armour, were eighth graders on the team, which made it extra special. The team presented Grace with her very own Lancer gear, as well as some Disney princess presents. The teams also hosted "Serving for Grace" fundraisers at all their home games to raise money for the INAD study. Although we didn't get to as many games as we had hoped, it was still such a special season for us.
|Grace had fun hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa Galer at the game.|
One thing that's been really neat about all the Volley for Grace nights is that Lincolnwood has always been there. They were the opposing team at both Morrisonville and Hillsboro, and have always been there to support us. Kayley and Kensey are now freshmen, so we have enjoyed cheering them on as well.
|A special hug from Coach Denney.|
Then, the three of us were invited to center court between games for a special presentation. Kyle and I were again wearing our Fight the Fight Volley for Grace shirts, and Grace wore her special Lincolnwood and Hillsboro softball shirt from a game earlier this spring.
|The first graders at Farmersville Grade School giving Grace their check.|
"So what do you do when you love someone and they are hurting or need help?" Coach Denney asked. "You give them a hug, words of encouragement, and then go to battle to help them."
|Meeting the fifth graders from Raymond Grade School.|
Coach Denney said they would continue to raise awareness and funding for INAD research throughout Grace's journey. She added that the penny wars competition also sparked discussions outside school about putting the needs of others ahead of their own.
|Grace got a very special hug from Coach Denney's son, Justin.|
Although I usually manage to stay pretty composed during the Grace events, it was that comment that caught a few tears sneak down my cheeks. We have been touched over and over again by this community's generosity and the love they share for Grace. Coach Denney said that empathy for others is one of the greatest gifts Grace has been able to share with her community, and it's something we can all take a lesson in.
|Cousins Kayley and Kensey got to present the check from the junior and senior high school.|
|Kayley and Kensey made sure Grace got a cupcake after the game too!|