Tyler Aul is an eleven year old bright, energetic, very athletic kid that always has a smile on his face. He is adored by all that meet him. His hugs and affection abound. While he loves sports, to Tyler nothing is better than fishing with his dad or snuggling his mom.
Approximately one year ago, Tyler began experiencing seizure like symptoms. During the course of multiple ER visits and a hospitilization, Tyler was found to have a left temporal lobe tumor. After consultations with multiple specialists at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, it was determined that this was likely a benign tumor, but needed to be removed. On Thursday, May 25th, Tyler went in for the routine procedure of removing the tumor. Unfortunately, during what was supposed to be a routine procedure, there were complications, and it ended up being a sixteen hour procedure. During the surgery, another neurosurgeon was asked to assist as the situation became critical and life threatening. After twenty-one units of blood and hours later, they were able to get the bleeding to stop. The surgeons only explanation was that Tyler wasn't willing to give up, so neither would they. Those that know him, know that he's a fighter and pursues life in general with passion.
Tyler is currently in the intensive care unit of Riley in a medically induced coma due to the brain swelling. At this time we do not know what his prognosis is, but we are all hopeful and praying for a full recovery. As the days pass, it is known that he will need extensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
Tyler's parents, Jen and Norm, are a vital part of the Yorktown Community. They volunteer thousands of hours each year in coaching, raising money, and developing the youth of our community. Norm works for the IT department of Marsh Supermarkets and Jen is a nurse at IU Ball Memorial Hospital. Tyler has two sisters, Madeline and Sophia, both in high school at Yorktown. They are a community focused family, as evidenced by Norm's text to friends during the surgery requesting they pray and hug their kids.
How you can help:
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to cover the costs of health insurance deductibles, surgery, therapy, ICU, travel, and hospitalization. Will you please join us in giving back to a family that has already given so much to so many?