At the end of Thursday’s final OTA, when the team gathered for its final huddle, Larry Fitzgerald let his teammates know about a special guest sitting off to the side. Spencer Shores is 6, living in Ahwatukee and dealing with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer affecting the bone and soft tissue.
Little Spencer has not had it easy. His cancer was in his right eye, and removed in July of 2008. After nine months of chemotherapy and three months of radiation treatment, the cancer was thought to be gone. In January of this year, a second tumor reemerged and grew an inch in less than six weeks in the same place. Spencer is now facing 8-to-12 more chemo treatments and splitting time between home and a treatment center in Houston. One of his wishes is to meet top sports stars, and with Fitz in his backyard, he wanted to meet him.
Fitz did him one better. He brought Shores out Thursday, and wave after wave of players on the 85-man roster came by to shake Spencer’s hand. Many gave him their gloves from practice (the sweaty pile had to number 14 or 16 by the time it was over). Spencer got reacquainted with quarterback Matt Leinart, who had previously met Spencer on one of Leinart’s hospital visits. And of course, Fitz came by.
It certainly lent some perspective in this world of football.
UPDATE: Based on Spencer’s page the latest news on his tumor is encouraging.
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