Keep Fighting Every Day

Gunnar Miller a lacrosse player for Army sat out most of the 2016 season due to a heart condition called myopericarditis. When you think of the stories you’ve heard of players dying on the filed for court, well this is exactly what most of them faced. Miller was devastated when he found out just how serious myopericarditis could be. Myopericarditis is caused by a virus that causes inflammation of a sac-like membrane that wraps around the heart. The conditions can be life threatening that even light jogging could accelerate his heartbeat and be very fatal to his health. Sometimes this heart condition can go untreated and will eventually go away over time but due to Miller being a competitive athlete his case was much more severe and needed immediate attention. This virus is treatable sometimes my surgery or medication, but in Miller’s case he needed medication. It couldtake up to 3-6 months or even longer before Miller would see the lacrosse field again. Although Miller was devastated with the results he never gave up he keep fighting. Miller went practice every day, watched film, gave advice to midfielders, and helped with the coachstaff. Miller’s dedication didn’t go unknown; his teammates would later vote him as the team captain for the 2017 season. Army would later go on to adopt a young boy by the name of Giovanni Toribio. Giovanni is a four year old with cancer and is now a member of the Army lacrosse team. Miller said, “I don’t understand what Gio’s going through, but I understand the frustrations that come from being sidelined.” Miller also went on to say, “It sort of puts everything into perspective and you realize that there’s much more going on in this world. You might have a tough day, buy you don’t know how lucky you really are.” Giovanni has a played a huge role on how miller looks at life and will encourage him that no matter what happens to always keep fighting every day.

 

Dakota Netz, a sports enthusiast from Broadway, Virginia, played football in high school which is where he learned his passion for sports as a whole. Dakota is very passionate about football and is eager to learn more about the lacrosse industry and the sport itself. Now as a senior Sports and Recreation Management major at James Madison University, Dakota is seeking a career within sport communication. Dakota’s favorite memory was being able to see James Madison University’s football team win the FCS National Championship during his senior year.

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