Who says car clubs are only about cars? Thanks to the support of our sponsors and the generous donations of our members, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, NUMOA was pleased to present a check to the Make-A-Wish Utah in the amount of $8,000 and a total donation of $14,900 on behalf of Wyatt Page and his family. Wyatt and his mom and dad, Emily and Doug, are a very special members of our club and our hearts go out to them. Wyatt’s bio is included below. We cannot thank our sponsors and members enough for making this possible. We were told that with these funds Make-A-Wish Utah would be able to grant life-changing wishes for 3 children in the state. On September 28, 2018, Wyatt had his own wish granted by Make-A-Wish Utah. He was the guest of honor at a Utah Jazz preseason game. He met with the team before the event and sat with his favorite players on the bench during the 3-point contest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wyatt and the Page family. Thanks again to everyone for helping us shine a little brighter this year.
Wyatt Page is mostly a typical 12-year-old who loves to watch and play sports like basketball, soccer, golf, football, etc. He enjoys Star Wars, Harry Potter, Legos, hanging out with friends, playing pool, etc.
On March 18th, 2018 we found out Wyatt had a tennis ball size tumor in his brain after having headaches for 6 weeks that led to double vision. He was admitted to Primary Children’s hospital and underwent a 5-hour surgery on March 19th, 2018. We found out 3 days after his surgery that his tumor was called Supratentorial Anaplastic Ependymoma which is a form of brain cancer. There are 200 kids nationwide with Wyatt’s kind of cancer each year. Here in Utah there are only 5 or 6 kids per year with his kind of cancer and only 2 or 3 that reoccur. We requested a follow up MRI after his surgery which showed a little bit of the tumor lining had grown and another tumor spot had shown up. Wyatt had an additional 5-hour surgery May 2nd, 2018. We then traveled to Seattle Washington to receive proton radiation from May 22nd through July 12th, 2018. Wyatt had a couple clear MRI’s last year but got sick with a fever and while at the doctor’s office he had a seizure. Primary Children’s decided to move up his April MRI to March 11th just to make sure everything was okay. On March 12th, 2019 we found out Wyatt’s cancer had reoccurred, and he had a quarter size tumor in the same area as before. Wyatt underwent a third 5 hour surgery on April 10th, 2019 then we traveled to St. Jude’s children’s research hospital out in Memphis from May 12th through July 3rd to do a second and final round of proton radiation. He has hit his maximum amount of radiation in his lifetime. Wyatt had a clear MRI on July 31st and 2 weeks later he noticed a bump on his scalp. We got a biopsy done on it and learned his ependymoma cancer had metastasized. Wyatt had a 4th surgery on September 10, 2019 to remove the new cancer spot on his scalp. On October 11, 2019 we received the devastating news his cancer has returned in 3 new areas, and is now terminal.
Wyatt is definitely a Warrior, courageous, brave and has been through so much. Cancer is a rough rollercoaster ride and makes children grow up too fast. It has given our family the opportunity to travel to new locations, meet new people, and make new friends along the way. We are grateful to the many doctors, nurses and staff that have helped us along our journey. We will fight the good fight until the end.