Ian Begley at ESPN NY tells us the story of Adam Graves' amazing connection with 11-year-old Taylor Ryan, who is currently receiving chemotherapy to rid her body of neurodegenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare blood disorder that can affect the central nervous system.
"She was miserable," Taylor's mother, Teresa, says.
But her mood changed when former New York Rangers star Adam Graves, visiting the hospital on behalf of Madison Square Garden's Garden of Dreams Foundation, poked his head into Taylor's room to say hello.
"She just perked up," Teresa Ryan says.
"He had her smiling when I couldn't get her to smile that day. They meshed. I don't know what it was."
Graves has stayed in constant contact with Taylor attending numerous Garden of Dreams events with her as well as her birthday.
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…not that I have to tell anyone who reads this blog, but this is obviously not the exception but the norm when it comes to Graves. I have posted about numerous good deeds this man has done over the years and everytime I do, I'm flooded with e-mail from readers telling me their Graves story. Whether it's him securing a MSG suite for a Rangers fan with cancer or just giving out his personal e-mail address to keep in touch with someone he met at the game, Graves genuinely cares about his fellow man. He doesn't do these things because he has to, he does them because he wants to. And that is such a rare trait in this world today. I really don't think I'm overstating it, actually I may be understating it, when I say he is one the greatest humans alive.
…plus he helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup.