Real Salt Lake honors 9-year-old cancer survivor
May 1, 2017 —
(KUTV) -- Dylan Davis is one of the biggest Real Salt Lake fans around. But when he was diagnosed with liver cancer at eight years old, sports took a back seat.
Or did they?
While Dylan was undergoing treatment, his parents, Jeff and Brandi, posted a picture of him on social media in from his hospital bed wearing an RSL jersey. It quickly spread, reaching Real Monarchs goalkeeper and RSL reserve Lalo Fernandez.
“As soon as I saw him it kind of moved me and touched me and I wanted to do something to make the family and him fell a little bit better about the situation,” said Fernandez.
So Fernandez and the rest of the team sent Dylan a signed jersey, gloves, and framed picture to his home in Colorado.
“It definitely was a good way to make us feel better and lift us up during a tough time,” Jeff said.
But the team wasn’t done yet. One year later after Dylan had finished treatment and was in remission, his parents took him to an RSL game. It was then that he got to meet the very players that signed his gear one year ago.
The Davis family will forever be fans of Real Salt Lake, but Dylan’s story changed the perspective of at least one player.
“What you’re fighting for, it’s important to you but it’s not the end of the world and it motivates you to keep going, “said Fernandez.
So that’s what Dylan does. He keeps going.