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In the early hours Thursday morning (August 24, 2017) Matthew Gray, 18, fell through his second story dorm room window in Pullman, WA. He suffered severe head trauma along with other injuries. He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. After receiving the call that no parent should have to bear, Andrea and Jim Gray rushed from their home in Seattle to be by his side. They arrived in Spokane and prepared for the worst. Over the course of the day, family and friends arrived from far flung places to join them in the vigil at the hospital. In addition to the family, Matthew's fellow Camp Agape counselors, father Tom and Presbytera Pat, Matthew's crew coach, his closest buddies brought their love and prayers to the bursting CCU waiting room. Each was offered a few minutes to be with Matthew and whisper words of hope and encouragement. Friday night he was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center where they performed surgery on his fractured skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. Dr. Ellenbogan, the chair of neurosurgery at the University of Washington, performed the surgery. As Matthew was being transported, supporters gathered at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle to light candles and pray for Matthew. The love and light everyone has expressed is deeply appreciated by his family. Messages of support posted here, and on Facebook are very comforting and do make a difference. We continue to pray and hope and ask that everyone think healing thoughts. As we know more, we will share it here. We know how hard it is to worry and wonder, especially from afar. Love is powerful.