Kingwood cancer patient joins Astros on field for first pitch
Merlin Moseman of Kingwood stood on the field at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, Sept. 16 and waved to a stadium of cheering Astro’s fans.
He was joined on the field by Michael Tuoy, who threw the first pitch at Sunday’s game.
“We don’t get to a lot of Astros games, and I’ve never been on the playing field before. So it was a new experience, and I enjoyed the whole event - I’m just glad I didn’t have to throw the pitch,” Moseman laughed.
Both men have a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma.
The Houston Astros extended this honor to Moseman and Tuoy during Blood Cancer Awareness Month for their service to the myeloma community and their involvement in Amgen’s new Myeloma MVP’s national awareness-raising campaign.
The Myeloma Most Valuable Plan, or MVP, program started this summer as a way to bring awareness to multiple myeloma patients about how to navigate their medical treatment plans, which can be challenging because multiple myeloma is so rare and it affects people to varying degrees, explained Moseman.
Multiple myeloma targets a specific kind of white blood cell called plasma cells, which produce infection-fighting antibodies. The cancer cells produce proteins that can cause bone pain, sluggishness, confusion, nausea, appetite loss, weight loss, and can make patients more prone to infections.
Tuoy is a long-time multiple myeloma patient advocate and Moseman, along with his wife Beth Moseman, lead a Kingwood-area multiple myeloma support group.
“I think it was great that this brought awareness to multiple myeloma at the ball park and I think the ‘MVP’ tie-in is great,” Beth Moseman said. “Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer. Part of getting the word out is that there’s more of a push now than ever before and they’re always coming up with new drugs and treatments and your options are getting more and more all the time and hopefully one day there will be a cure.”
For more information about multiple myeloma, visit www.myelomaexplained.com.