Former 800-meter runner Trinity Gray is suffering with brain cancer and needs financial contributions to help him cope.
"Over the last year Trinity has had a very difficult year," wrote a friend Derek Schueren on a special website set-up to collect contributions. "He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to have surgery to remove the tumor. Unfortunately the tumor came back and he had to have yet another surgery a few months later. He currently has lost much of his sight, has gained substantial weight due to the medications he is on, and cannot currently work."
Gray, 31, achieved personal best times of 1:44.54 for 800m and 2:21.28 for 1000m, according to the website Tilastopaja.com. He was the USA indoor 800m champion in 2001 and competed at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Lisbon the same year. During his collegiate career, Gray competed for Brown University where he finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 1999 at 800m, and finished third at that distance at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Gray last competed in 2004.
A website has been setup where contributions can be made using a major credit card or PayPal:
"Please contribute to this site so that we may ensure Trinity and his mother have a good Christmas and feel the love from the community that supports them," concluded Schueren.