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.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Senior Night

Friday Night at the Salem Hills basketball game, the seniors were honored.  Eric was among the seniors who were able to walk out on the court with their parents. 

Mr Peery, the principal read the letter announcing the Spirit of Sports award.

Eric was given a standing ovation.  It was definitely a proud moment.

This is Eric taking a bow!
As much as I wanted Eric to back on the court playing basketball.  I can not express how grateful I am that he made it through this past year and is here, happy, healthy and ready to move on to the next phase of his life.  He has some amazing friends that have never left his side. 

I will never forget the night that we were pulling out of the garage to head to PCMC, he was in so much pain that he was begging to start chemotherapy.  As I was backing up he said "I am so sorry mom."  It touch my heart that he felt like he needed to apologize for something out of his control.  I told him "WE will get through this together.  I promise!"  "We" were never alone. 
Moments like Friday night makes you appreciate all the amazing friends in your life that help you get an award like this.  I do not know who nominated Eric for this award, but thank you!  It is a huge honor.

1 comment:

  1. He looks amazing! Tim kept apologizing as well:) Such humble kids with amazing fight and spirits. Way to go Eric:)