Anthony Myers (on the right) was a normal sixteen-year-old just two short weeks ago. Life was as good as it gets for a sixteen-year-old boy. Anthony was learning to drive, scoring touchdowns on the football field, working hard in school, and hanging out with friends. He enjoyed spending time with his parents, Ed and Jessie, older brother Nico, and younger sister Gia. However, on Sunday October 21, Anthony’s life changed drastically. He woke up early that morning and started seizing. His mom rushed him to the Reading Hospital, and from there he was quickly transferred to the Hershey Medical Center. Doctors performed an MRI and discovered a brain tumor. A biopsy was performed, and the Myers family received the devastating news. Anthony was diagnosed with brain cancer: Stage 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma.
The call of the diagnosis came on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Anthony and mom listened to the doctor’s explanation of the Stage 3 malignant (anaplastic astrocytoma) tumor. Anthony then called dad to let him know and asked mom to take him to practice, and off they went. Later in the evening, after the family was home together, Anthony asked, “Dad, do you think I’m going to survive.”
“Anthony, it’s exactly the same as football. I used to tell my players that we are going to game plan, work hard to prepare, and then fight to win during the game, as hard as we can. At the end of the game, we are going to look at the scoreboard to see the result. That’s exactly what we are going to do with this.”
Anthony, who said in the first minutes after receiving the diagnosis that he wanted the truth and didn’t want things kept from him, was accepting of the response and the circumstances and is ready for the fight.