Young Boy Battling Leukemia Gets TTU Football Recruit Treatment

Whitten Gray is battling leukemia and got the chance to spend Thursday afternoon touring the Texas Tech football facilities before heading out to meet the team.
Whitten Gray is battling leukemia and got the chance to spend Thursday afternoon touring the Texas Tech football facilities before heading out to meet the team.

The "Whit-man" was all smiles Thursday as he and his dad, and a few others in his crew, toured the facilities as if he was a recruit.  Whitten is a guest of Jennie Bailey, the Texas Tech Football secretary who is currently battling cancer herself.

"He's got the best attitude, and he's going through it like a fearless champion," Whitten's dad, Brian said. "He's not scared, he gives blood, he gets spinal taps, he doesn't cry, he's just tough, he inspires us everyday."

"He wakes up every morning smiling, he's our happy, happy child," Gray said. Gray has one other son besides Whitten, with another on the way.

Once Bailey said she heard about Whitten, she knew she had to meet him. "We're all warriors. We're all Texas Tech warriors," Bailey said. They even traded bracelets to show their support for one another.

Whitten was running around and trying on the gear, acting like an energetic four year old. His dad, Brian, said Whitten's been going through chemo treatments for about six months now, and is in a program to be treated for three years. Both of Whitten's parents attended Texas Tech.

Whitten and his crew got to meet some of the players and coaches before the game, including Coach Kingsbury. "He's a big Texas Tech fan, he loves Coach Kingsbury," Bailey said.

Bailey said it's getting to see the smile on Whitten's face and give him a good day that helps to make her day as well.

"Hopefully do something to make him have a happy day, and it makes me have a happy day, being able to help someone who's going through cancer like me," Bailey said.

Gray said Whitten was 6 months in to a three year treatment program.

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