Seahawks Help Sick Meridian Boy See Family
While most Seahawks fans hung their heads after their team's rally in the second half wasn't enough to propel them to a win over the Carolina Panthers, every Seahawks touchdown meant a huge difference to Meridian's Clay Buie.
I met Clay and his family last year during the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Man and Woman Of The Year" campaign where he was honored as our chapter's "Boy Of The Year" after his battle with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Clay underwent 8 weeks of radiation therapy and 9 months of aggressive weekly treatments to put him into the maintenance phase of his brave battle. Unfortunately, Clay and his family received the news that his cancer was back.
So Clay and his mom watched Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff Game from Seattle Children's Hospital where he underwent a bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment. The Seahawks are Clay's second favorite NFL team and even though they lost, he cheered them on all the way till the end of the game because every touchdown meant he and other sick kids would have a better chance of being able to see their families!
Alaska Airlines partners with the Seahawks to donate 25,000 miles to Strong Against Cancer for each touchdown scored during the playoffs. Those miles are used to help families like the Buies travel between their home and the hospital. Clay's mom, Kim, has been with him the entire time he's been in the hospital, but his dad, sister and brother don't get to visit as often because of the eight hour drive.
Between yesterday's game and last week's 4th quarter win over the Minnesota Vikings 100,000 miles were donated from the airline and even more have been donated by frequent fliers.