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Joe Buck offers ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ shout-out to O’Fallon girl at All-Star Game

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O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – What a moment! The name of 9-year old Keira Stout of O'Fallon, Missouri lit up television screens around the world Tuesday night during the All-Star Game’s Stand-Up-to-Cancer event.

Everyone saw Joe Buck holding up Keira’s name.

Keira’s cancer was discovered two years ago. Chemotherapy put it into remission, knocking the cancer out of her arm, lungs, and bone marrow. But she relapsed in March. Cancer has returned to her pelvis and sternum. But Keira’s got a lot of fight and a big heart. She'd like to hold up a sign of her own in the future.

Two days after the All-Star Game, Keira was at SSM Cardinal-Glennon for a blood transfusion, very much in the thick of the battle against her cancer.

“Rhabdomyosarcoma,” she said.

Like all childhood cancers, it can be even worse than sounds. That’s why things like Keira’s All-Star Game shout out mean even more than you know.

“Mommy started getting lots of text messages,” said Keira’s mom, Robin Stout. “Then her #KeiraStrong Facebook page blew up. There were people, ‘I just saw Keira Stout on there! I just saw Keira Stout on there!’ It was fun. It makes us feel like we’re not alone. We’re not the only people out there who are fighting this. We have thousands of people who are standing behind us during all of this. That really helps carry us.”

The Facebook page detailing Keira’s story, from news of remission last summer to the death of her best friend, Caleb Leslie, 13, who lost cancer fight.

Keira would like hold up a sign for him.

“I would put my friend Caleb (on the sign). My friend Caleb passed away. We’re going to the lake with him and his family … well, not with him. He’s still in my heart. I say he goes everywhere with me.”

She's never met Joe Buck, but her aunt is a long-time friend of Joe's sister, Julie. Keira's new treatment is part of a clinical trial. It's promising, especially with so many people now #KeiraStrong.