October 17, 2012 was a day that changed me forever. It was the day that a little boy I never had the privilege of meeting earned his wings to heaven.
Ty Louis Campbell, an amazing boy was diagnosed with a rhabdoid tumor, which is a very rare and aggressive cancer specific to children. He battled this hidiouos disease for more than half of his short life. He endured procedures most grown men wouldn't be able to handle. He went through rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. The effect of these treatments were severe on his little body. He eventually lost his ability to walk or stand on his own and was paralyzed from his neck down.
But, he never lost his smile or love for life.
As I followed his mother Cindy's blogs, I prayed, at times begged, for a miracle. You see, this little boy was able to reach into my very being and leave a mark on my soul that will remain forever. I have learned so much from this little boy that I cannot accurately express, except to say that he has changed me for the better. When he earned his wings, I remember sitting on my couch in my living room and crying. I remember praying for his family and for his soul. I never got a chance to meet this little miracle. I was never really able to pay him the respect he was due or to honor him.
So this is my attempt pay homage to Ty. I will be participating in the Spartan Beast on September 7, 2013 @ Mountain Creek Waterpark in Vernon, NJ. The Spartan Beast is a grueling 8-mile obstacle course on the slopes of a mountain.
It is very fitting that this race is in September. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Please help me raise money for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation in honor of Ty. No child should have to endure what this little boy endured and no parent should ever have to endure what his parents, Cindy & Lou Campbell, have to endure for the rest of their lives.
Below, is an excerpt from Ty's mother Cindy's blog on the day Ty passed away:
"Ty Louis Campbell is gone, but his story continues. This is our promise to him. His impact on the world around him gives his short but inspirational life such meaning. His soaring spirit will continue to fuel a fire in our hearts, and strangers around the world will continue to fall in love with the little boy who fought so valiantly. The little boy who hurt so much, but maintained a bigger, brighter smile than the healthiest of children.
Ty never did break his fever. He never really woke up. Not until he decided to leave this earth and fly freely among the clouds. At that very moment, he was awake. He had returned to Lou and I to say goodbye. To say our hearts are broken would be like saying it tickles to have your stomach ripped open with a spoon."
Please support me today.