© John H. McDonnell/Washington D.C. George Mason guard Justin Kier was raised by his grandmother Evelyn Kier.
Sometimes Justin Kier writes his mother’s name on the side of his basketball shoes, sometimes on the athletic tape hugging his ankles. It’s always there, not so much as a reminder — for she never drifts from his mind — but as a tribute.
“K. Kier”
K stands for Keley, who, for 12 years, has been confined to a hospital bed inside her own mother’s small house in a small town on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
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