We’ve never met an honoree more dapper than seven-year-old Myles from West Fargo. He ALWAYS had to look “handsome” from the top of his head down to his feet. His favorite clothing items would consist of collared, button-up shirts, suits and his fedora hat. He was a young boy with an old soul.
Also known as Smyles because of his exuberant grin, he loved the color blue, Marvel, Transformers, YouTube, dancing, Friday movie nights, horror films, art projects and Halloween. It was all gone too soon when his mom lost her soul mate, his daddy lost his armor and his brother lost his best friend on January 8th of this year. Neuroblastoma was the cause.
Myles was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma when he was three. He responded well to treatment, but twice the cancer returned. Treatment made doing everyday activities like going to school, planning a vacation, and something as simple as swimming very difficult. His family was forced to relocate multiple times for treatment which made finding work complicated, especially because treatment forced his parents to be at his bedside. But it also brought out the best characteristics in his family, such as perseverance, gratitude, determination, faith and hope.
His mom, Monique, said she misses “his smile, laugh, love and tenderness; our dates to Target and Walmart; his lively, yet quiet, and opinionated personality. He was wise beyond his years and quick-witted. I miss his one dimple on his right cheek bone when he would smile. I miss watching him laying around the house and playing on his iPad. I miss driving in the car and him asking to be the DJ. I miss our snuggles and conversations. I just miss my son.”