LANCASTER (WKOW) -- Before every game he plays, Lancaster junior basketball player Nathan Tranel says a prayer. A prayer for his grandmother who he recently lost, and for his friend Makayla Hore, whose life ended far too soon.
"I always say that she's missed, that we miss her," Nathan said of Makayla. "I always tell her we'll always be there for her. I know she's up there hoping we all have a good time."
Back on November 21, 2012, the day before Thanksgiving, Nathan and some friends went for a drive. They had gotten off school for Thanksgiving break, and had nothing better to do. He was in a car with four other girls, including Makayla. Nathan remembers the car going fast around a bend, and that's where his memory stopped. When he came to, he was holding onto his leg in great pain. He could hear moans coming from the other girls, who had also been injured in what appeared to be a car accident. He was helped out of the crushed vehicle by some friends who had trailed their car, and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
Nathan was treated for a fractured skull and a large cut on his leg among a number of other injuries. But the physical pain he felt from the accident was nothing compared to the emotional distress he endured upon hearing of the passing of his friend Makayla, who was killed in the accident upon impact.
On November 21, Nathan lost one of his best friends, but as his life continues, so does the memory of his friend Makayla. Nathan wears a shirt that says "Mak Strong 7" underneath his jersey in every football or basketball game he plays in. He also is sure to share a moment with her in private, before every game, saying a prayer to let her know she's missed. Every prayer reminds him of Makayla's smile, an image that helps him live life to the fullest each day. As Nathan knows, one can never be sure which day is his or her last, so he is doing everything he can to make the most of each day he is granted.
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