Don’t take my spot though,” Mahomes jokingly warned Myka, as she prepares to throw to Kelce in a video shot by Make-A-Wish. “You can’t throw it too good, you know.Growing up in California, Myka says she lived in a “football house” where her parents Todd and Angela shared their passion for sports and the NFL with Myka and her siblings. The Kansas City Chiefs — namely quarterback Mahomes and tight end Kelce — are dear to Myka.
As a newborn, Myka was diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis. According to Cleveland Clinic, it’s when the pulmonary valve of the heart narrows and affects blood flow to the lungs.When she was an infant, Myka had two open-heart surgeries to widen her pulmonary artery and remove her valve. “It was in such bad shape that there was no repairing it,” Myka’s mother Angela Eilers tells TODAY.com. “She may eventually need a valve replacement.”
People with pulmonary valve stenosis often have trouble breathing and tire easily. Doctors said Myka’s ability to play sports might be limited. However, Myka played soccer, softball and football throughout childhood. Her disease “has never held her back,” says Angela Eilers.Myka loves competition — she’s the quarterback of her flag football team and she dreams of becoming the first female NFL player. “I feel happy when I win,” Myka tells TODAY.com
In 2019, Myka suffered from debilitating migraines, a symptom of heart valve disease. Angela Eilers submitted a Make-A-Wish application for her daughter. The organization fulfills the wishes of children with critical illnesses.Myka was granted an initial wish to take a Disney cruise; however when the pandemic postponed her journey, she changed her mind. She wanted to meet Mahomes instead.Soon, the Eilers heard back from Make-A-Wish: The Kansas City Chiefs were going to make Myka’s dream come true.