Despite the size of the Texas Rangers organization, a family atmosphere pervades around Globe Life Park and across the country where ever club representatives work.
That includes the team of scouts stationed throughout the land and in Latin America.
Once of those scouts, Gray McGraw, lives in Gaston, Oregon, and scouts the Northwest territory, including Alaska and Canada.
This spring McGraw and his family are leaning on friends and family — and Rangers fans. His wife Julie McGraw, a long-time high school coach, suffered a massive stroke in January during a volleyball match. The medical costs, including an extensive rehabilitation program will far exceed the families’ insurance coverage.
The McGraws have set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise $200,000.
“Our life together will be totally different and I think only God knows what direction it will go,” McGraw said in an email. “We will be okay no matter what. I’m just glad she is still here.”
The McGraws, who have three children, Jessica, Jake and Jamie, hope to buy a wheelchair accessible van and to modify their home to make it wheelchair accessible. Julie will also likely need 24-hour care.
“I know I’m a better person because of the friends I have,” McGraw said.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760