After a four touchdown and 311-yard night Marion County's Blake Zeman certainly deserved the WRCB Player of the Game award but Zeman felt Pam Griffith deserved it more. He gave it to Pam in honor of her daughter who died from cancer nine months ago.
"To me when I look at that trophy I'm gonna see hope," said Pam Griffith.
Hope for a cure, hope for humanity, hope that her daughter's wish continues to hold true.
Before losing a three year bout with a rare form of bone cancer, Kennedy Griffith wrote her final wishes, she wanted to touch people with her story even after she died.
Zeman said, "the way she fought and the way she wanted us to act around her it's going to affect my life forever.>
Zeman dedicated his season to Kennedy's memory, wearing her number he rushed for four touchdowns with 311 yards on Friday Night earning Channel 3's Player of the Game Award. As he does every post game he meets Pam on at midfield, instead of showing her his first FNF3 award he insisted she take it.
"The fact that one kid took it upon himself to honor her in this way will forever bring us happiness and joy," said Griffith.
Pam and Blake never met before this season and with Kennedy's birthday next week she says this is all happening at the perfect time, "I believe god sent Blake into our lives for a reason. It all happened at a time when I was not in a good place. For him to pay tribute to her is just very special and it's healing us all."
Gone for nine months but just as Kennedy wanted her story continues to touch others.
She fought until the very end always with a positive out look on life. The same characteristics that she sees in Zeman on the field.
"I saw that, I saw the determination in him that Kennedy had in her fight with cancer and I said to myself what a perfect example to be representing my daughter than this young man wearing the number one jersey," said Griffith.