Sports Giants Rally to Help Four-Year Old with Cancer
The legendary sportscaster, Norm Hitzges and Cowboy’s NFL Hall of
Famer, Rayfield White joined forces to benefit a courageous four-year
old boy suffering from brain cancer. Hitzges, a member at Trinity
Fellowship Church, saw an opportunity to use his celebrity status to
benefit Kyle Murray, who attends Trinity Fellowship with his family.
A typically active boy, Kyle started having episodes of stumbling
and vomiting early last year. A cat scan revealed an ugly brain tumor
that would forever change this young boy’s life. After surgery in
July, radiation treatment and chemotherapy continue to be Kyle’s
weapons of defense to ward off his brutal enemy. Trinity Fellowship
Church is making sure he doesn’t face the battle alone.
On Saturday, January 19th, more than 200 members and friends of
Trinity Fellowship gathered for a breakfast-fundraiser to support for
Kyle and his family. Drawing from his own difficult childhood and NFL
football experiences, Rayfield Wright not only encouraged the
Murray’s, but inspired everyone who attended.
Never knowing his father, Wright said he and his four brothers were
raised in very poor conditions by his mother and grandmother. He
said, “We didn’t have anything, but we had everything – love.”
As he would help Big Mamma, his grandmother, build the morning fire
in the stove, she would teach him how to pray. One day he asked that
God would give him the ability to help his mother and brothers. Big
Mamma challenged him to always believe that God would answer that
prayer. Through such faith, Wright has learned that, “God is a God of
purpose, plan and opportunity.” Not just for him, but for each one of
us. Then he motioned toward Kyle and said, “Look at Kyle. He’s
special, he’s significant, and important.”
Sports would be the way Wright would help his family. Oddly enough,
he couldn’t even make the football team, so he played basketball.
God’s answer to Wright’s prayer. After high school he received an
athletic scholarship to Fort Valley State College. A college education
was something his family could never have afforded. Another answer to
his boyhood prayer. College is where Wright learned to play both
football, but basketball is where he shined.
Although pro basketball teams were heavily recruiting him, Wright
was surprised when the Dallas Cowboys, called and said they wanted
Wright to play for them. So in 1967 Wright was quietly drafted in the
seventh round. Football was not the path he thought his life would
take, but it was another answer to his lifetime prayer. “Yes,” Wright
repeated, “God is a God of promise, plan, and opportunity.” Something
he has believed and proven as he became an NFL Hall of Fame recipient
On and off the field, six-foot six-inch Wright is a bigger than life
personality. He is gentle, always smiling, yet intense in his approach
to faith and life itself. As shown at the fundraiser, Wright continues
his lifelong dream of helping his family – this time his spiritual
family – that of a young boy needing the hope of God’s promises,
plans, and opportunities.
In addition to the $18,000 raised by Trinity Fellowship Church, the
Rayfield Wright Foundation gave a check for $2500 with the challenge
that it be matched to benefit Kyle and his family. If you would like
to help four-year old Kyle fight his battle with cancer, then go to
www.TrinityFellowship.org/KyleMurray. To learn more about Rayfield
Wright visit www.RayfieldWright.com.