CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Tuesday, while many of us fought the snow, Skyler Miller sat in his room and fought something more serious.
Something much more serious.
To be specific, he sat in his room, not at his Logan home, but at the Ronald McDonald House in Huntington.
See, Miller is 15. He's been a promising athlete at Logan High. Yet he's not battling an opponent on the field or one on a court. He's battling leukemia. In fact, he's battling AML, acute myeloid leukemia.
It's his second go-round with the disease. At 14, he had an ATV accident. When the doctors ran blood work at the time, they found abnormalities. They found AML.
To say he's had a rough go ever since would be an understatement. Last year, a special Easter service was held for him in the waiting area of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Yet he fought. And he fought.
"He had eight weeks of high-dose chemotherapy," said Logan basketball coach Mark Hatcher. "He played basketball, but his main sports were football and track. He runs a 4.5 [-second 40-yard dash]. Very fast. Was 170 pounds and could run all day long.
"When he played basketball, he was a defensive specialist. He could play man-to-man all game long."
After the eight weeks of treatment and a loss of 50 pounds, Hatcher watched Miller's battle to return.
"He kept getting stronger," Hatcher said. "Most of his weight and muscle returned. He had trouble with endurance, but most of his weight and muscle returned.
"Then, at the beginning of January, his blood work came back. It wasn't good."
Unfortunately, the leukemia is back in full force. It was a blow because it seemed Miller's hard work had paid off. His brother Zak, a senior returning starter for Hatcher, had convinced Skyler to play basketball again.
Miller played some junior varsity and varsity hoops. Then came the news.
"When we found out, we started him against Nitro," Hatcher said. "He was able to start with his brother. His shoes were orange, the color of leukemia awareness."
Skyler Miller, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard, scored a few buckets, the last with 2:30 remaining to give Logan a 65-25 lead in an eventual 69-25 victory. When Miller was replaced, he received a standing ovation. Even Nitro's players, facing such a deficit, stood and clapped.
Now, though, Skyler is sidelined. He's in that Ronald McDonald House. He's receiving chemotherapy treatments again. He's awaiting a bone marrow transplant, which will take place in Columbus, Ohio.
He is, however, doing so with much love and support. When Logan played Point Pleasant in the King Coal Classic, money was raised and a check for $1,000 was presented to him. There has been a concert held on his behalf.
"All our kids," Hatcher said, "wear at least one orange shoestring. They call it 'Team Skyler.' "