1 week after Erath beloved athlete passes, school remembers him with field painting

ERATH, La. (KLFY) – “WUPKAR” a motto Ross Granger lived by during his fight with cancer, a motto his father hopes the community continues to hold true years after his passing.

19-year-old Ross Granger was an inspiration to nearly everyone he met.

“There’s not a person you can find that doesn’t love Ross that did not think of him as an inspiration,” said Paul Harrington, a relative.

The inspiration he kept even through out his long fight against brain cancer.

Ross passed away last Friday, but now one week later his spirit lives on.

“The way he brought this community together. He’s been gone a week and he’s still bringing thousands of people together,” said Harrington.

Ross’s cousin, Paul Harrington drew this picture during Ross’s last moments.

“I tell you it’s just kind of painted itself. Ross was definitely with us the whole time this was all Ross’s vision and I was just his hands,” said Harrington.

A picture Harrington painted on the Erath High School football field in Ross’s memory.

“I wanted it to be not a normal painting. I wanted it to be so big Ross could see it from heaven,” said Harrington.

In the mural, the phrase “WUPKAR” is painted.

“The WUPKAR which was Ross’s was of saying wake up, pray, kick a** and repeat, which became the whole town motto really,” said Harrington.

A motto that has now spread through out the community.

Nathan Granger, Ross’s father, said it’s clear to see the legacy his son left behind.

“Ross could have lived 80 years and never touched the lives that he’s touched in his 19 years here on earth. I was so proud god allowed me to be Ross’s dad.”

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