Beloved Michigan fan Dametrius Walker dies after two-year cancer battle

Former highschool soccer star and Michigan Wolverines fan Dametrius “Meechie” Walker died Friday after a two-year battle with osteosarcoma, a kind of bone cancer, Michigan announced.

Walker performed highschool soccer at Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan and performed defensive finish. He obtained scholarship affords from the likes of Kentucky and Michigan State.

His dream, although, was to play for the University of Michigan.

“The team, the coaching staff, just the way they did things,” Walker instructed ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski in October. “The way they carry themselves, I just love that about them.”

In November 2020, Walker was identified with osteosarcoma after noticing a bump on his knee.

He underwent surgical procedure and 9 months of chemotherapy, however in 2021, cancer returned. In April 2021, the tumor had grown too massive and medical doctors amputated his left leg. Despite eradicating the tumor and his leg, cancer continued to unfold.

After information that Walker was combating for his life reached the Michigan soccer workforce, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh invited Walker to apply on Aug. 13, 2022 to fulfill the workforce and be part of the Michigan program.

“Meechie was hurting so bad that day,” Bell mentioned to Wojciechowski. “His whole body was just in excruciating pain and he just smiled like nothing ever happened. Like he wasn’t even in pain.”

Walker had lost 70 kilos however was combating on daily basis and instructed Wojciechowski he knew he needed to be robust for his son.

“I try my hardest to show him that Daddy is in pain,” Walker mentioned. “But Daddy will always love you and I will always be here until the day I die.”

Walker attended Michigan’s sport in opposition to Maryland on Sept. 24 and wore a jersey with Meechie on the again.

An outpour of recollections and heartfelt messages had been shared on social media by teammates, coaches and Michigan gamers.

“We lost a true embodiment of what it means to be a Michigan Man. Meechie and I texted weekly about his experience and outlook on life,” Punter Brad Robbins wrote. “Whenever he was in our facility and around our team, he was so positive and always had a huge smile on his face.”

Walker is survived by his mom, Leona Bell, and son, Kymere.

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