‘It just comes from the heart’
CHEYENNE – On June 18, Kellee Moore shared her thoughts with the world on Facebook.
In part, her words read like this: “What can I say about today? It was every life-changing emotion possible … After blood tests, it was discovered that Meyer has leukemia … We’re taking it day by day. This next month is crucial for how he responds to treatment. Thank you to everyone who has already reached out. Prayers are always welcome and appreciated.”
More than 160 people sent well wishes, thoughts and encouragement
to her 6-year-old son on social media that day.
Tyler Moore, Meyer’s dad, summed up his feelings in three sentences.
“It’s the scariest day of your life,” Moore said Tuesday
afternoon from his fire station in Fresno, Calif., where he works for the city
fire department. “Your whole world stops, man. It’s devastating.”
Meyer’s new reality is a weekly Wednesday trip to Valley
Children’s Hospital in Fresno, just north over the bridge from his hometown of
Clovis. There, he gets his chemotherapy treatments and a lumbar puncture, or a
spinal tap, to prevent the cancer from spreading to vulnerable areas of his
Tyler Moore said there is no family history of cancer. He
said his son was lethargic and didn’t want to play with the neighborhood kids
when they came over to swim. They suggested a doctor’s visit.
“What 6-year-old wants to go to the doctor?” Moore added.
While lying in the hospital, the family got its first bit of good news – the cancer was caught early. Meyer’s best news came in the form of a visit from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who happened to be visiting that day.
“Carr asked Meyer if he was a Raiders fan,” Tyler Moore
laughed. “He said, ‘no, Broncos.’”
He is a Carr fan though. The family watched him quarterback the Bulldogs of Fresno State from 2009-13.
Another signal caller paid a visit to Meyer nearly two weeks later. This time, it was Wyoming quarterback, Sean Chambers.
While on summer break, Chambers made it a point to come
visit his “buddy,” who used to be the bat boy of his Kerman High School
baseball team. They would chat in the dugout, rake fields together and always
embrace after big plays.
On July 3, Chambers came by to bring Meyer some presents: a
signed poster and an authentic Wyoming game-used football with Chamber’s
signature scribbled into the leather.
“He loves Sean,” Tyler Moore said. “He always wanted to
watch Sean hit and play. We watched him on TV against Colorado State. Meyer loved
that. We also watched the game when he got hurt. That was a bummer. It’s always
fun to watch someone you know on TV.”
“My son has been a big fan of Sean’s since his high school
days,” Kellee Moore said in a message. “Meyer always wanted to see Sean when we
went to the games. He comes from a great family and we really enjoy watching
For Chambers, the gesture just seemed natural.
He had a friend who needed his spirits lifted.
“It just comes from the heart,” Chambers said. “He was
around the team all the time. Seeing him like that breaks my heart.”
Chambers said this issue is personal to him. He has had
family members suffer through cancer treatments.
“I know what he’s going through,” Chambers said. “I just
wanted to share some light and just help him out a little bit.
“It makes me happy.”
Where does this selfless attitude come from? A freshman in
college and a Division-I quarterback giving back?
It doesn’t surprise Tyler Moore.
He knows the Chambers family.
“That kid comes from a good family, so nothing surprises me,”
he said. “They have hearts of gold. I hope I’m watching Sean in the NFL one
day. He deserves it. He comes from a first-class family. I can’t say enough
about those people.”
Each week there seems to be a new milestone for Meyer. He
plays with his friends again and acts perfectly normal, according to his
father. He wants to be outside. To stay active. The meds can sometimes beat him
down, but the resilience of a child shows through.
Doctors are confident that Meyer will grow up to live a
normal life. His body has reacted the right way to all treatments so far.
Tyler Moore said his mind is at ease because of the doctor’s
words but admits there are still times he feels the sucker punch of life.
“You look at him and see how positive and upbeat he is, and
you think, ‘we are going to beat this,’” Moore said. “But bad thoughts can creep
in. You just have to step away and take some time to yourself, take some deep
breathes and convince yourself everything is going to be fine.
“We find strength through him.”
Meyer loves the YouTube sensation trick-shot group, Dude Perfect. When they were in town for a showcase, they caught wind of Meyer’s situation. He wanted to go to the show but couldn’t.
So, the show came to him.
The guys in Dude Perfect brought him shirts, bats, balls and other keepsakes. They showed Meyer around their tour bus. A local television crew came by, too. Meyer’s story was featured that night.
Watch those here:
Dude Perfect even recorded a shout out to Meyer live from the stage at Save Mart Center in Fresno.
It’s in those moments, Tyler said, that everyone forgets about the word cancer. At least for the moment.
Now, thankfully for the Moores, the biggest question that
looms – is their allegiance to Fresno State in jeopardy?
“When it comes to home kids, we don’t care,” Moore laughed. “I
root for Sean. I hope he brings them some championships.
“Take care of that kid. Wyoming got a good one.”
Chambers is working on that – and getting the family decked
out in brown and gold.
“It’s tough now that (Fresno State) is winning, but we are
working on it,” Chambers smiled.