"It means a lot," Skyler Miller said on Tuesday. "At the [Nitro] game the support really showed up. When I ran out of the locker room everyone cheered. It showed how much I'm supported. It was awesome. It helps a lot."
Miller said tests showed his mother, Kristi, is not a bone marrow match. The family is still awaiting test results on Zak, who could be a donor. If that's not a match, Miller said the Columbus hospital assured him the donor bank there has him covered.
Hatcher said Miller's attitude has been terrific through the entire process.
"He's just a great kid," said the coach. "He's a Christian kid who goes to church religiously, and did so even before all this happened. He's a good student and a good artist.
"In the hospital he even developed relationships with others, mostly younger, in the same situation. He had like 30 names of Logan-area people [with leukemia] on his shoes."
Hatcher, by the way, has had his own struggles. He's facing charges after a fight broke out between his team and Chapmanville. The coach was diagnosed with kidney cancer two years ago. Also, Hatcher's brother, Chase, went through two bouts of cancer.
The coach's heart, though, is with Miller.
"It's tough," said the coach. "Skyler and I had a pretty good relationship before he was diagnosed. Now, we have a tight relationship. I could relate because of me and my brother."
The coach and the town of Logan have been on Team Skyler. Now, hopefully, the state will join in as well.
"He's doing really well," Kristi Miller said.
"There are still no side effects [to the latest round of chemotherapy]," Skyler said. "I've been in the hospital a week and a half and still no side effects."
He knows, though, the fight isn't over. Wearing a tattoo that says "God's Warrior," Skyler said there's yet another round of chemo and then the transplant.
"I just need to get this over with," he said. "Then hopefully we'll knock it out."
It certainly would be appropriate if Miller knocked leukemia out.
Because this kid from Logan sure is a fighter.
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