Walnut City Council to Honor Michael Miyamoto

The council plans to name Dec. 12 Michael Miyamoto Day after the Walnut teen who died in November after a long battle with leukemia.

The Walnut City Council Wednesday night will honor a beloved teen who recently died after a lengthy fight against leukemia.

The council plans to name Dec. 12 Michael Miyamoto Day and present a proclamation to the family.

Miyamoto, a Walnut High School graduate in the class of 2012, died Nov. 1.  The 18-year-old was well known in the community, participating in both the Diamond Bar and Walnut Relay for Life events in years past.

The teen was first diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as acute lymphocytic leukemia or ALL, when he was 7.  That particular form of cancer attacks the blood and bone marrow. 

Miyamoto had been in remission following a bone marrow transplant in September 2011, but the cancer returned for the fourth time in September of this year.

Hundreds of friends and family members participated in a candlelight vigil Nov. 9 at Walnut High in honor of Miyamoto. 

Katherine Chung, one of Miyamoto’s best friends, described him at the vigil as positive and optimistic about life.

“Michael lived his life with such vitality you would have never guessed he’d been battling Leukemia since second grade,” said Chung, “He made the best of every situation. He was the person who appreciated life more than anyone I’ve ever known. He will be a part of us forever in our memories, in our hearts and in our prayers.”

His 21-year-old sister Jaclyn said the support from the community gave her family strength.

“It’s been incredible," she said. "We definitely would not have been able to get through it without it. People have been so amazing, they make it a lot better and easier to get through each day knowing people I don’t even know or who didn’t even know Michael personally wrote messages and letters talking about how he’s impacted them, it’s unbelievable.”

The Walnut City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

Joan Butterly Simonelli December 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Thank you Walnut City Council! A fitting tribute to an amazing young man and a wonderful family!
Phoebe Miyamoto December 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Michael was planning a big party for his 19th birthday on 12/12/12. Thank you, Walnut, for doing this for him!
Vito Spago December 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Sorry Michael died but being honored by a bunch of bureaucratic morons is not much of a tribute.
Dr. James Swartz December 12, 2012 at 01:47 AM
thank you vito for once again spreading trash on our city. even those who have died and their innocent families cannot escape your always positive attitude. what an outlook on life you have. young people of walnut, please know we who have hearts all honor this fine citizen.
Tricia Cannon December 12, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Michael deserves to be honored and so does his family! I didn't know him and have been inspired and saddened by his story! He was a courageous young man who went thru more than any one child/teen/adult should have too! Michael was a true inspiration!!!
Walnutian December 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
So many amazing kids died young in walnut, why is Michael so special? I'm not saying he isn't, I'm just asking. Why isn't there a Steve Bishop day? He died in his senior year after fighting prostate cancer. He was also a very talented musician, and incredibly kind human being who contributed to society.
Walnut Responder December 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It's really a matter of how much effort family and friends put in to make it very publicized; Michael has had many vehement supporters. His fight also started from a young age and was very prolonged, so it's probably quite inspiring to some people.


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