You guys should all know the story of Luke Gane, the preferred walkon from Edison High, who happens to be a team-mate of incoming blue chip LB Jordan Zumwalt. If you didn't know about Luke's story, you can catch up over here.
Well Luke is not only someone who was pretty accomplished football player, he was recently honored at the Anaheim Convention Center honoring Orange County players, for his academic and athletic achievements leaving little doubt for being future "community leaders". Here is the writeup from the LA Times:
[D]on't feel silly if you shed a few tears of joy when the representative from Huntington Beach Edison, Luke Gane, is introduced.
He compiled a 3.7 grade-point average, was a key defensive player for the 13-1 Chargers, plans to walk on at UCLA and wants to become a physician's assistant in pediatric medicine.
And here's his back story. As a junior, he was discovered to have a life-threatening blood disorder, aplastic anemia. He couldn't play football, but his classmates, teammates, opposing players, community members and strangers united to help him and his family through their prayers, donations and blood drives.
He recovered after a bone marrow transplant, with his 10-year-old brother, Jacob, serving as the donor. It saved his life and allowed him to experience a senior year that at one point didn't seem possible. He's grateful and determined to give back.
"It's incredible," he said. "It's so surreal and unbelievable how things have turned out. I'm definitely blessed."
Congrats to Luke. Once again it doesn't take ten minutes to recognize he is a Bruin.