Posted October 8, 2015
Cy-Fair, TX (October 8, 2015) – Owen Gray, 14, of Cypress , TX, was recently awarded the first annual Dream Again Award by the Isaiah Austin Foundation. The presentation was made by Isaiah Austin, the former Baylor Basketball star, at his Baylor Basketball Legends event in Waco on September 24.
Owen was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a potentially fatal connective tissue disorder, after he and his father, Rod Gray, watched NBA Commissioner Adam Silver make Isaiah a ceremonial selection in the 2014 NBA draft. Isaiah, who many experts projected to be a first round selection, had to withdraw from the draft because he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just days earlier. Rod noticed Isaiah’s Marfan features while watching the draft and immediately thought of his son. They saw a doctor the next day and Owen’s diagnosis was confirmed soon after.
Owen has become an outspoken and passionate volunteer for both the Isaiah Austin Foundation and The Marfan Foundation, helping to raise awareness about Marfan syndrome, supporting other teens with the condition, and raising money to help create a brighter future for everyone living with the condition. He has just been named Youth Ambassador for The Marfan Foundation’s first annual walk for victory in Houston , scheduled for February 20. Isaiah Austin, who is a spokesperson for The Marfan Foundation, will participate in the Walk for Victory as well.
For more information about Marfan syndrome or the Walk for Victory in Houston, please visit Marfan.org.
Content Courtesy of The Marfan Foundation