Timmy Moyer was five years old when he started complaining about neck pain.
His mother, Sharon Moyer, didn’t dream it was anything serious until they went to the family doctor for a checkup and he told them they needed to immediately go to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital for additional testing.
“That was the longest ride of my life,” remembers Sharon.
Timmy was diagnosed with an aggressive case of acute myeloid leukemia and received three months of treatment at Children’s Hospital until a bone marrow transplant could be performed.
A month after his bone marrow transplant, Timmy attended CAMP KEMO, a week-long summer camp for children undergoing cancer treatments. At first, Sharon was a bit worried about letting him leave home for a week, but those feelings were quickly dispelled. “I knew that the doctors and the nurses would be there, and they had taken such good care of him when he was in the hospital.”
Timmy was able to bring his brother Jacob along and found the camp to be a fun opportunity to play with and get to know kids who were going through a similar journey. Since then, the boys have gone to CAMP KEMO multiple times and are excited to go again this June 12, 2017.
One of Timmy’s favorite camp activities is playing on the blob, a giant inflatable water toy. “It’s like a balloon on the water,” Timmy explains. “Someone is at the end of it, and when someone else jumps on, they either stay on or go flying into the water.”
Now 11 years old, Timmy and his family currently reside in Sumter where Timmy and his brother are home schooled. Timmy particularly enjoys studying math. In his free time he enjoys video games, swimming and jumping on the trampoline. “I’m definitely an outdoor person,” he says.
Timmy isn’t sure yet what he wants to be when he grows up, but thanks to the care he’s received at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, he has plenty of time to figure it out.