Tyler's journey started in January 2013. He was having difficulty with balance and just wasn't his normal self. Sports that he loved to play were becoming increasingly difficult, with routine things like playing catch, being harder than they should be.In December 2012, Tyler and his brother had bumped heads playing football...hitting each other hard enough to knock out Tyler's front tooth. Hoping Tyler was suffering from some lingering issues from that accident, his parents took him to the emergency room at Phoenix Children's Hospital on February 8, 2013.It was about 10:00am when he arrived at the hospital and within a short couple of hours Tyler was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or more simply put, a tumor in the brain stem. Only about 100-150 children are diagnosed with this disease every year in the United States.Just after Tyler found out about his diagnosis, he was shaken, the whole family was. Tyler's mom left the room to call her parents, while she was gone, Tyler and his dad talked about his diagnosis and the road ahead...it would be difficult. Tyler was asked what we thought he should do, and he said, 'Whatever it takes." Tyler fought courageously for seventeen months. It taught us lessons that will last a lifetime. He taught us how to live. How to believe. How to fight. and how to endure. He inspired countless thousands with his smile, positive outlook and his whatever it takes attitude. He is missed greatly and leaves s huge hole in our lives that will never be filled.
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Jeffrey R. Holland
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