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.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


All the seniors proudly walk onto the field for the Graduation ceremony

This is Eric as he gets a hug from Mrs Burr.  She has been such a huge support for him.

A hug from the Principal Mr Peery

Tonya, me, the graduate, Daryl, Macklyn and McKell

Macklyn was loving his tassel.  It did rain on us a little and it was a little chilly, but a great night.

Eric, Steve Linford and Kolby Linford.  The Linfords are amazing friends who have played such a huge role in Eric's life before high school and especially through last year.  We cherish their friendship.  Steve coached Eric in football and in basketball. 

We had to take the opportunity before graduation to honor Bo Wilson.  Bo was a good friend of Eric's throughout school and was killed in an accident a couple of years ago.  He would have been receiving his diploma yesterday, along with Eric and we were both missing him.  So to honor him, Eric placed a graduation cap, tassel and the Skyhawk ribbon on the rod around his head stone.  As we were driving away, Eric was talking about how devastating it was to hear the news that he had lost his friend.  They say that the hardest thing a parent can go through is losing a child and as we were fighting to keep Eric here with us last year, I spoke with Bo's dad several times, Butch, and my heart broke for him and his wife, Jennifer, because we still have no idea of the pain they went through with the lost of their very vibrant, amazing son.  Bo you are still missed and you have left a lasting mark on many of your friends.  As Eric gets ready for his mission, we know that Bo was called home to begin the mission specially designed for him in Heaven.

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