WASHINGTON - When the Gallaudet University men's basketball team was fighting for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) playoff berth last season its team manager, Colton Crace, was right there tallying the team's statistics at the scorers table. Now, Colton Crace is in his own fight with cancer.
Colton Crace, who is deaf, has been battling metastatic cancer for four months back in Indiana. He just completed his fourth and last round of chemotherapy. The Westfield, Ind., native has overcome challenges his entire life. He lost an eye to cancer two years ago and had a cyst-covered kidney removed when he was a baby.
The Gallaudet men's basketball team, a second family for Colton, is rallying around its team manager and trying to raise funds to help him fight cancer. Members of the basketball team are passing out black wristbands with the word "COLTONSTRONG" on it along with a GU Bison logo. The team is accepting donations in exchange for the bands. All proceeds will go to Colton. Supporters can also make donations to Colton's GoFundMe page.
People interested in getting a wristband can also contact Men's Basketball Head Coach Kevin Kovacs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by his office in the Field House, room G04 on the lower level.
"Colton is one of the guys you will always appreciate his presence, humility and humor. We loved every minute we had with Colton last season and we can't wait to see him win his fight, which he will, and return to us," said Kovacs.
The Crace family has a strong connection to Gallaudet University. Colton's parents (James and Jodee) graduated from Gallaudet in 1987. Older brother Tyler, played baseball and basketball for the Bison, graduated from Gallaudet in 2014. The oldest brother, Redmond, graduated from Ball State University.
Colton's twin brother Cody Crace is back on campus for his sophomore year and hopes to have his younger brother, by two minutes, back at Kendall Green soon.