METRO EAST, IL (KTVI) – Diane and Kevan Summers are lifelong Cardinals fans, but no one is blaming them for rooting for Boston Red Sox Outfielder Jonny Gomes.
The reason for their support of Gomes is his support of their 5-year-old grandson.
Gomes held up signs supporting Brady Wein during Game 4 of the World Series in St. Louis. The signs were part of the Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign. Fans and players held up signs with the names of the people they wanted to honor.
“It brought tears to my eyes that he was so into Brady,” said Diane Summers. Her grandson has met Gomes and even taken batting practice at Fenway Park.
Kevan Summers could not put into words what it’s like for the lifelong Cardinals fan to celebrate Gomes’ World Series success. He said as long as it makes his grandson happy, it makes him happy.
The Summers feel cancer research involving children is woefully underfunded. They wish more money was available to help find a cure.
Brady was diagnosed with acute myeloid cancer when he was three months old. He has undergone bone marrow transplants, radiation and is currently undergoing a form of chemotherapy. Doctors hope to find a way for his blood to fight off the cancer.
The Summers hope the World Series audience will act on the images of fans and players holding signs honoring loved ones.
“I don’t think you can talk to anybody that hasn’t lost someone to cancer,” said Kevan Summers.
For more information about Stand Up To Cancer: www.standup2cancer.org.