Granting wishes

Posted by Darren Urban on May 21, 2010 – 10:32 am

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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35 Responses to “Granting wishes”

  1. By bruce honga on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Class act on Fit & Matt’s part.(& the rest pf the Cardinals) Great job !! Keep it up !!

  2. By azcards3peat on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    its sad to see great stories of professional athletes who do great things get overlooked in the main stream media by negitivity of professional athletes such as big ben, lt, etc. Cards keep up the great work and we will win the west again i believe in matt leinart to do great things this year thanks again darren for all the info you put up all the cards fans appreciate it

  3. By NYCARDSFAN on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Thats why I love the cardinals! What a great group of guys we have overall !!!! I will keep you in my prayers Spencer!

  4. By tomeka on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    very nice. much success to the Cardinals and Spencer this year!!

  5. By Nick Pepe on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Very nice.

  6. By Peter in Canada on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    I am in total agreement with all four previous responses. Best of luck Spencer.

  7. By Joe-B on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck Spencer!

    Hey Darren, are you getting tired of seeing stories like how Warner might come back or how the Cardinals should get Bulger because we got another one…

  8. By pacardfan on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Nice!!!!!!!!!!! That is what I call true role models!. I love seeing athletes do these kind of things were they don’t just give money to charties, but go out and take part in them and doing things like they did today….granting someones dream. Great job Cardinals and all those who do the same!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By jason on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    best of luck to you spencer!!may god bless you!
    Big heart in this team,thats why the cards will win the west again.

  10. By kyle on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    when you just retweeted that article saying that it was an “understatement”, are you saying that the coaches being disappointed in leinart is an understatement?

  11. By darrenurban on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Kyle —

    No no no. The article headline is the understatement: “Bulger would have implications for Cards.” Uh yeah. Big implications.

  12. By CMacyn on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Great to hear our players are taking time out to brighten Spencer’s day. Now on another note why are all these so called analysts and journalist taking shots at Matt? I find it ridiculous that they have nothing better to do than to rag on my boy Leinart. Just sad… GO CARDINALS ans GO MATT LEINART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By kyle on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    so you don’t get the feeling the coached are disappointed with matt so far in the off season? cuz that seems to be the word on the street

  14. By darrenurban on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Kyle —

    What street is that?

  15. By KG on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Nice job Cards. And well done to you Darren for covering this story.

  16. By darrenurban on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    KG —

    I just happened to be there.

  17. By Joe-B on May 21, 2010 | Reply


    I’m guessing it is just some random person who is trying to start some controversy. And from what I remember about Coles articles, he can’t stand Leinart so he will take any chance he can get to bash the guy.

  18. By kyle on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    profootballtalk says the cardinals are not impressed with leinart so they are considering marc bulger

  19. By darrenurban on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Kyle —

    It’s not PFT. PFT is repeating a Yahoo note in a Jason Cole article. I’ll blog on the subject later today.

  20. By Paul on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    First PFT, now Yahoo Sports. Man these guys are you know what starters.
    Seem to have it out for former USC players, except Sanchez who is their new pretty boy.

  21. By James Wine on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Role Models.

    Good for us.

    And good for Spencer Shores.

  22. By Ditship on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck Spencer I hope the best for you. Nice job Fitz, Matt and the rest of the Cards.

  23. By LUKE on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    since coach whiz has arrived,it seems the whole demeanor of the cards has taken a very classy,stand up approach from caoching staff to players.makes me proud to be a cardinal fan,win or lose.

  24. By kyle on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    oh ok. thanks darren. I just want matt to succeed so bad. can everyone remember when he fell to us at number 10 in the draft and how stoked we were? I was at the cardinals official draft party and everyone, including me, was goin nuts. I still think hens better than vince young and definitely jay cutler

  25. By AndyStandsUp on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Matt, who had significantly less vision problems as a child than Master Shores, donated $500,000 to the Banner Children’s Hospital.
    That’s a big chunk of change and an even bigger heart.
    Kudos Leinart and Fitz.

  26. By OLdude on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, your thoughtful article about young Spencer just reiterates a posting by me a week ago or so about the kind of players Coach Whisenhunt and his staff have acquired. Once again I say …how can you NOT be a fan?

  27. By OLdude on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Oh yeah I almost forgot ——– God bless you Spencer and GO CARDS!

  28. By TBru on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    best wishes Spencer

  29. By Rodolfo on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    this almost brought tears to my eyes….makes me proud being a cardinals fan! May God bless Spencer and everyone in bad situations. GO CARDS!!

  30. By Mike on May 23, 2010 | Reply

    What an exceptional day! Blew my mind, I can only imagine what Spencer felt. 3 days later, we are still talking about it. Besides meeting everyone. My personal fav is seeing Larry on the NFL Network interview with “Spencer’s Sarcoma Warriors” shirt on. Both he and Matt and many others are part of the team. Supporting Spencer!

    Mike, aka, Spencer’s Dad!

  31. By Big Red on May 24, 2010 | Reply

    Good job Cards, good things are coming your way. As for Spencer, God Bless you, and never give up, have faith in God. GOOD LUCK!!!

  32. By Scott H on May 24, 2010 | Reply

    It’s easy enough to love Larry for what he does on the field alone. But when you see how hard he works and what a good person he is in general…he’s just too good to be true. You da man, Larry.

  33. By FightOn on May 24, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe Larry and the other players will be inspired to donate $500,000 to Banner as well. …or form their own football league for poor and underprivildged kids who’s families can’t afford the fees to play high school football.

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