On January 8th, a filming trip had Nathan in LA with very little downtime on his way up to SF. Just a couple weeks prior, etnies had received an email about a very big and very deserving fan named Michael Miyamoto. etnies BMX Team Manager John Povah was determined to bring the two together. This is Michael's story:
Michael Miyamoto was diagnosed at the age of 7 with leukemia. He finished 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy but relapsed in 2007 when he was 13. He went through high doses of chemo in the hospital 8 different times and finished another 3 1/2 years later. He most recently relapsed in June 2011 and a bone marrow transplant was his only hope of survival; unfortunately his sister was not a match but a donor was found a few months later, and on September 30, 2011 he underwent a bone marrow transplant. He was hospitalized 8 times over the summer for chemo. He also underwent an intense amount of radiation for one week - a week before the transplant. He has been on chemotherapy for 8 of the last 10 years. He missed all of second grade, part of seventh grade, half of eighth grade, part of junior year, and half of senior year.
January 8th was the 100th day after his transplant which, according to the doctor, meant he could go out in public without a mask, begin biking again, eating out and visiting the places he loves. That day he went to a local park to meet his all-time favorite rider, Nathan Williams.
Thanks for the very memorable day, Michael. Good luck and good health to you.