On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Principals Office

I have never been called to be informed that my child was called down to the principals office, until yesterday.  As I listened to the information given to me about why Eric was called to the principals office, I quickly became speechless and proud.

Eric was told that he was chosen by the board of trustees of the Utah High School Activities Association to receive the 2012 Spirit of Sport Award.  Here is his letter informing him of this honor.
Friday night at the Salem Hills Basketball game at Salem Hills, they will be announcing this to the people in attendance. 
As I got off the phone there was a text by Eric telling me about this.  He was so honored and I was extremely proud. 
Last January when we first found out about the tumor, I had emailed my Uncle Blaine to tell him and ask him to keep Eric in his prayers.  His response was "Just remember that Heavenly Father loves that boy more than even you.  Just watch good things are going to happen." 
When I first read this email it had such an impact on me that I can not put into words, other than my first thoughts were, "NO Way!"  But as I calmed down, I knew he was right that Eric was very loved by our Heavenly Father and I held on to the "Great things will happen" part for dear life.  There have been many "Great things" that have happened and this is one of them.  It was a proud moment yesterday and will continue to be as he is honored Friday night, March 2nd and the 22nd.


  1. Thanks for sharing! This post totally makes me happy! He is a great kid and you are his great mom. Congrats!