Coach Ovester Grays in the Hillside High gym

Life-Changing Treatment


Ovester Grays, athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina, was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in 2019. Through his nine months of treatment, his entire care team at Duke reassured him. “I was confident about the facts, but the emotional and the mental was nurtured every single step of the way. And it changed my life,” he said. “I’ve told my family if I’m every seriously sick, take me to Duke Hospital. They’re some of the best trained medical treatment personnel in the world. So they mean the world to me.”

Watch Coach Grays Share His Story

In honor of Duke Cancer’s 50th anniversary, blood cancer survivor Coach Ovester Grays and DCI Executive Director Michael Kastan, MD, PhD, share their hope for the future.
This page was reviewed on 10/16/2023