Tyler's Medical Fund

$17,799 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 144 people in 51 months
Our sweet little Tyler was just diagnosed with leukemia. We are in the first days of treatment, and we are not even sure what expenses this journey will incur. One area of concern that we do know we will be trying to tackle is childcare for Tyler this fall. I am fortunate that I have summer off from school. I can spend every day with our precious boy :) But this August, Tyler will not be able to go to a daycare facility because of his suppressed immune system. We will need to find a way to pay for personal care and potential days away from work that Andrew and I will need to take.  We feel so grateful to be surrounded by family, friends, and a community that is offering their love and support. This is definitely the most difficult and heart breaking time of our lives.
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Tyler has been feeling so much better in the last few months. It's painful to remember that one year ago we were just getting our cancer diagnosis. This is a picture of Tyler showing how he's a little fighter. Last week he got to participate in a special boxing event for children with cancer. As usual, he wowed everyone with his amazing spirit and gorgeous smile.

We will be closing down this site soon. Thank you all for the support you have given our family. We appreciate all of the monetary donations, cards, calls, personal visits, and prayers!
Tyler loved getting his hands taped before he tried on some gloves and got in the ring!
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This week is our second week of consolidation, and Tyler had another clinic visit today. Although his white and red blood cell counts are all dropping, his ANC counts were up! This means his body is feeling well enough to fight off small infections, and therefore we can enjoy our weekend playing at the pool or going to places that aren't too crowded! The doctors suspect that by next week the effects of the last two weeks of chemo will really catch up with him and his body will be much weaker. We were told the chances of him spiking a fever increase a lot by Monday. That's the next day that he has THREE more chemo treatments. We'll be done with the daily shots for a few weeks, but Monday's chemotherapy treatments are very intense. If he gets even one fever, we will be admitted to the hospital for a minimum of 24 hours. I'm guessing we will be spending a lot of time at home avoiding germs. So with that in mind, we are going to enjoy every minute of this weekend and make it as fun for Tyler as possible!

Yesterday we got to go in for our hospital visit early. This was so Tyler could meet with a child psychologist before he had to get the dreaded shot that he fears so much. She did an amazing job of role playing with him and talking about his fears. There is so much anxiety involved when a family is affected by this disease, and we are grateful that our family is connected with another caring person who can help guide us through the emotional difficulties. Tyler got to play with a little doll that was a "patient" at the hospital. It was good for him to talk about all of the things that happen at the hospital, and it gave him a chance to ask us questions.

We look forward to our bone marrow drive next Wednesday. Our friends have done such a great job of organizing this event for us; we are hopeful that the turnout is amazing!

Thank you again to everyone for all of your support.
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As far as week one goes, we finished our last day of getting the dreaded shots in the leg. Tyler gets a little
break from being poked and prodded because we don't have to go back to the hospital until Monday!

Next week is the second week of consolidation, and we will repeat many of the drugs we had this week. He will get another lumbar puncture with chemo on Monday, I'll continue oral chemo at home, and he will get daily shots Monday - Thursday.

As traumatic as it was for Tyler to have his port accessed and his shot administered (we had a MAJOR meltdown with kicking and screaming)he still managed to thank the nurse when we left. I am amazed by how he keeps his sweet demeanor with everyone.

This picture was taken as we waited for the results of his blood draw. If his counts were too low, we would have had to stay for transfusions. Fortunately, his counts were all fantastic and we are heading home. His ANC is so high that we can relax a little and let him enjoy some activities outside of the house! I am thankful for every little blessing we receive!
Hanging out in the hospital clinic.
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Today we were able to start the second phase of treatment, called consolidation. Tyler's ANC counts were up tremendously from last week! He got a lumbar puncture in the clinic, and the doctor removed spinal fluid before inserting one type of chemotherapy. Then we waited as they prepared a room for us up in the hospital. Thankfully, we didn't have to wait very long. Once we got to our room, his next two types of chemotherapy meds were ordered. He received one in his IV, and then one was given in the form of a shot. This one was by far Tyler's least favorite. He doesn't have to take any more chemo meds today, but the doctors do need to observe him for 24 hours to watch for side effects from the IV medicine. Tyler will continue to get the chemotherapy shot the next three days in a row.

As miserable as this whole experience has been today, Tyler still managed to flash me an adorable smile :) I am constantly amazed by his strength. Thank you for everyone's continued prayers!
My hero :)
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Raised by 144 people in 51 months
Created May 29, 2015
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$500
Cesere Brothers
38 months ago
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Aloha Tyler, We hope that this will help a little. Hopefully someday soon we'll all be swimming in the Maui waters together! Aloha - John & Dan

MC
$50
Marsha Cohen
39 months ago
DS
$20
Diana Stasi
39 months ago

Sending love and endless prayers from the Stasi family.

$50
CT Freight Services & CTFS Transportation
39 months ago
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We would like to help support Tyler and his family through this fight. Our donation is in remembrance of his grandmother, Linda. She was an amazing, loving, and caring part of our lives. We were blessed to have been able to work with her everyday at the office we shared with West Plains. Her humor, love for life, and compassion have been and will be missed. Keep fighting Tyler!

$200
Anonymous
44 months ago
$50
Anonymous
45 months ago
AF
$25
Amanda Freeman
46 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$20
Amy Bowman
46 months ago

Love to all of you!

MW
$20
Michael Walden
46 months ago

We couldn't make it to the lemonade event yesterday but still wanted to make a donation.

AF
$25
Amanda Freeman
47 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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