Walt Mcgrory, Ex-wisconsin Badgers Basketball Player, Passes Away From Cancer

Wagswoofs – The Wisconsin men’s basketball program is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Walt McGrory, an incredible individual who joined the program as a walk-on in 2017 and dedicated four seasons to the team, passed away on Saturday following a courageous fight against cancer.

In August 2021, the exceptional student from Edina High School in Minnesota received the diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

Doctors amputated part of his left leg in April of this year.

Tyler Wahl, Carter Gilmore, Trevor Anderson, and Carter Higginbottom, both current and former players of UW, had the opportunity to personally visit McGrory in Minnesota prior to the start of the season.

“It was truly heartwarming to reunite with him,” recalled Wahl with a sense of nostalgia. “It felt just like the old times when we used to hang out together.”

“We had a conversation about his situation, but our main focus was simply to spend time together, sharing laughs and having a good chat.”

In September, McGrory created a GoFundMe page, and the support of fans and friends led to the impressive total of over $136,000 being raised.

After UW’s win against Robert Morris on November 17, head coach Greg Gard took a moment to urge fans to keep McGrory in their thoughts as her condition was worsening.

In his heartfelt speech that night, Gard began by acknowledging something that transcends the game of basketball itself. “I first want to start out with something that’s way bigger than tonight’s game, the game of basketball itself,” Gard expressed. He then made a heartfelt request to Badger Nation, urging them to direct their positive thoughts and prayers towards Walt McGrory.

“And Walt, if you’re tuning in or watching alongside your loved ones, we want you to know that we have so much love for you here in Madison. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.”

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