Meet Anthony

Meet Anthony

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.”

Dad’s response…

 “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. 


14 comments

  • anonymous pilot

    Best of luck from the War Robots community

  • David Ross Fraley

    Hey Anthony,
    I am an old Navy buddy of Rick Migliore and he is a big supporter of my Pan Mass Challenge bike ride each year that raises money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you end up coming to Dana-Farber I’ll be happy to be your local guide and driver. I was a patient at DFCI as well and have put your dad in contact with one of my friends should you want to be treated in Boston. Even though the care is world class you’ll have to endure Patriots fans and all the chatter about Tom Brady, but you’re a tough kid I’m told so you’ll be fine. I’m rooting for you. I’m sending you strong energy.
    A nurse at Walter Reed said that those patients who saw themselves as victims had a hard time getting better. Don’t be a victim…be a victor!

  • al silveri

    Anthony and family. Praying for you. Hang in there.

  • Julia Jensen

    I am so sorry to hear you are faced with this huge obstacle in this crazy, unpredictable journey of life. I went to school with your mom and she and her wonderful, loving family welcomed me when I was new to Reading. I will always be grateful for their kindness…You are not alone my friend. We are praying for you here in Boise, Idaho…

  • Steve Kirkpatrick

    Anthony, I know you’re tough because you’re a Myers as I played high school sports with your dad and your uncle Dave. Something that stood out about both of them was their ability to excel among their peers because of their determination and willingness to work hard to achieve success. That is in your blood. This can be beaten and that is my prayer for you.

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