BYU Football Honors Utah Mother Tia Stokes Who Is Fighting Cancer With #RedForTia Day

Oct 7, 2020, 5:50 PM
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Utah woman Tia Stokes has documented her fight with leukemia, pneumonia, and COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Tia Stokes Instagram/@thetiabeestokes)
(Photo courtesy of Tia Stokes Instagram/@thetiabeestokes)

PROVO, Utah – Tia Stokes of Provo, a mother of five, has gone through a lot in 2020. The wife to Timpview High School football coach Andy Stokes was diagnosed this year with leukemia. Then weeks ago, Tia tested positive for COVID-19, has pneumonia, and is still battling the novel virus to this day.

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I feel selfish asking..but you are MY TRIBE Going into this cancer journey I thoguht I was going to go to the hospital and they were going to return me back home saying that they made a mistake and poof prayers worked. never thinking that I’d be asking for prayers over and over and over again for myself… i’ve never been in a situation where I prayed more throughout the day asking to live for my 5 kids asking for my life and right now IM PLEEDING🙏🏽🙏🏽 The doctor came in tonight and (I put andrew on the phone) she said that my pneumonia looks worse my kidneys don’t look better and the Rendezeveer medicine that they tried on my Covid didn’t even touch it ,my oxygen is now a permanent,high fevers are daily and nightly,my numbers are all still really low meaning my immune system 0.0 is in no place to fight….I don’t know what else to say….Prayers prayers…I almost feeel selfish asking for more prayers for myself when there’s so many other things going on in the world….but then I remember I’m worth the prayer prayers for my 5 beautiful kids who need their mama prayers for my husband that needs me too😉 prayers are miracle workers I still believe. If your the praying type Or whatever higher god I ask to include my name🧡 will ya? Right now im starting the convalescence plasma in hopes to kick this covid🙏🏽 I love you alll all more than you know. Thank you for coming. This far with us on the journey and many more Miracles are waiting 🧡 HIM. YOU. ME. WE “We Got This” Xo Tia🐝day 1️⃣7️⃣1️⃣ fighting Leukemia + Covid + Pneumonia

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Throughout all the trials Tia continues to face in her battle with leukemia, Stokes always maintains a positive outlook on life. She shows that positivity by uplifting others through her social media platforms which have gained thousands, even millions of followers on networks such as TikTok and Instagram while chronicling her battle with cancer.

Tia Stokes: #RedForTia Day

Tia’s supporters and fans on social media created a day to celebrate Stokes called, “#RedForTia” on October 7th, 2020. Red is Tia’s favorite color.

BYU football, who typically wear blue & white, donned some red to support Tia on her special day.

In the video is BYU’s director of recruiting Jasen Ah You and executive coordinator of on-campus recruiting Jack Damuni showing their support for Tia. Ah You is Stokes’ first cousin.

Check out social media channels using #RedForTia to see others supporting Stokes on her special day.

A friend of the Stokes family has set up a GoFundMe page* to support Tia and her family with medical costs.

* does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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