Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to Lou

Yesterday was Lou's birthday.  It was not a happy one, but we tried to make the most of the day.  We spent the day together, and went out to dinner with Lou's sister Debi and her husband Rich.  We laughed a lot, all things considered, and talked a lot about Ty (of course). 

Instead of recapping the details of Lou's first birthday without Ty, Lou asked me to reflect on last year's birthday.  As some of you may remember, last year Lou turned 40 and he ran his first marathon in NYC that same day.  It was all for Ty.  Lou and Debi ran together for Fred's Team, a charitable team that raises money for Memorial Sloan Kettering (all of the money Lou and Debi raised was tagged specifically for pediatric cancer research).  This year one of Ty's nurses was inspired to run for Fred's Team as well, and I am sad that the marathon was cancelled (but of course, understand that it was completely necessary). 

I was so proud of Lou.  26.2 miles is a really big deal.  He trained so hard and out of almost 800 runners on Fred's Team, Lou was a Top Ten fundraiser that year.  Amazing. 

The memories from that day are still so vivid.  The night before the race we took Ty to Dylan's Candy Bar in Manhattan for the first time (a place we have visited many times since).  Ty had his first cab ride.  He had his first experience at a sushi restaurant (where he didn't eat anything but the candy from his bag).  At the time he was four months cancer free, he had great upper body strength and was rebuilding the strength in his legs.  The day of the marathon I had to buy him a "New York" sweatshirt because it was colder than we expected.  The crowds made it impossible to use a stroller, so I carried him around Manhattan for the entire day. It was certainly exhausting, but I would do anything to repeat that day.  To hold him in my arms again like that and cheer on his Daddy. 


We went to MSKCC to see Lou and Debi as they passed in front of the hospital with all of the other Fred's Team supporters.  That was around mile 18.  Then we walked to Central Park to see Lou and Debi cross the finish line.  After a whole lot of magic and talking our way through checkpoint after checkpoint, the thoughtful security guard at the last finish line bleachers even allowed me to pass Ty over to Lou so he could cross the finish line with our best good boy in his arms.  Ty was beaming.  It was incredible.  I spent that day with Mary, Meghan, Rudy and Lynda and I couldn't imagine anyone else I would have liked to be with.  They helped me out so much that day and made it possible for us to be there for Lou every step of the way. Here is Lou and Debi crossing the finish line with Ty. Unforgettable. 


That night, after all of that, Lou and Debi dragged their sore butts out for a delicious dinner with family and friends to celebrate Lou's 40th birthday.  We will never forget that night.  SuperTy himself is the only person that has ever made me more proud than Lou did on that day.  I am so lucky. 

88 comments:

  1. All these "firsts" will be so hard. We are all still praying for you and your family. Wishing you some peace in the memories.
    Jennifer, Illinois

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    1. Happy belated birthday Lou. Still praying for you guys. Stay strong and know we are all still loving and praying for you all.

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  2. I have been following your story for several months now. I can not express how greatful and impressed by Ty's story, your family's journey and your ability to capture it so beautifully. I too have two boys 18 months apart and our oldest will be 3 on Saturday. We have prayed for Ty every night and contine to do so (along with your family). Thank you for reminding us all to let out kids play with glitter, eat candy for dinner and enjoy the time we have. Ty did amazing things and I know you and Lou are going to change the world and bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Many prayers and thoughtful thoughts from Charlotte NC

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  3. The fact that you are calling yourself lucky means to me that you are the most amazing person in the world besides my personal most favorite superTy. God has created your family with a plan to show perfection beauty faith love and much you. I so wish I would have met Ty. I love Gavin just as much. I carry my crazy obsessions with Ty onto Gavin now and on you and Lou. You are my heroes. You will change the world and Ty will help you do that. And then imagine that one day you will reunite with you baby where no pain exists and he will be yours forever to love and hug and kiss. Happy birthday Lou the best dad in the world.

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    1. Sorry for some reason couldn't put my name under. Your forever fan Tatiana Kidanov.

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  4. May you have moments of peace each day. You and Lou are wonderful supports for one another. May god bless you, Lou, Gavin and of course the most beautiful boy in the world, Ty.
    Ann from CT

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  5. Happy Birthday Lou!! you both amaze me. I have been forever changed by Ty's journey. I literally think of him several times a day and look forward to your posts as you navigate through life. I pray that each day becomes more bearable and that you both find joy easier in each passing one. My heart bleeds for your family. I can't wait to see the amazing things you will do for Pediatric Cancer and to helping you accomplish it, however possible. As a breast cancer survivor, it saddens me greatly when I see pink ribbons everywhere, and I knew nothing of yellow for ALL the precious babies out there suffering. It has to change!! I'm sure Ty is looking down from heaven, proudly on you, flying like a hawk, FREE.

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  6. Your love for your family inspires me each and every day to be a better more loving, caring person.

    I check for updates constantly just to check how the most amazing family in the whole world is holding up.

    May you find peace in your memories of Ty and cherrish every new one you make with the amazing little Gavin.

    Megan, Australia.

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  7. Priceless memories and such an awesome photo. I'm Praying for your family.

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOU!! It's hard to "celebrate" considering the circumstances.. I betcha Ty is eating a big blue lollipop in his honor!!

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  9. Jennifer Russo, Lake Grove, NYNovember 7, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Happy birthday to Lou!! I loved the pictures you posted. Ty's face watching the race is so sweet. Wish he were here with you both, making Lou's birthday truly happy. Thinking of Ty always.
    -Jennifer Russo

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  10. Happy birthday to Lou! May God and Ty continue to give you the strength to get through each and every day, especially all the "firsts." Always thinking of you, Lou, and Gavin. Kerri Vitro

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  11. Happy Birthday Lou! An amazing story! May god bless you and your family during these difficult days. Xo

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  12. I know the race was canceled in NYC. The dad of the little boy I used to care for who has leukemia, found out that there was a race in New Hemshire that same day, so him and about 300 other people running for Cancer causes went there and raise a little bit more than $5000 for Sloan Hospital children center. I'm so proud of him. We need to find a cure against that awful disease that is taking our children at the peak of their life . Happy birthday lou

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  13. Happy Birthday Lou!

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  14. Cindy & Lou,

    Happy Birthday to Lou the most amazing father I have never met. You two are incredible parents and you showed this amazing and selfless love for your little boy! He is amazing, as are his parents. Thinking of all of you all the time!

    Joy Marielle
    Baltimore, MD

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  15. Happy Birthday Lou. Wishing you many many more birthdays. You are a fantastic father and I bet Ty is bragging about his daddy to all the angels and his new friends in heaven. God Bless you and your family.

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  16. happy birthday lou!!! i know the "firsts" can be very hard... but that amazing lil boy was right there with you all. in just five years ty had a beautiful life. and amazing family. im sure being in his daddys arms crossing that finish line was awesome for him.
    you have me crying with every post. you inspire me to be the best mom i can be. and i thank you. i cant say it enough
    i hope you all are faireing well in the snow. be safe.
    ~*meg*~

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  17. Happy Birthday, Lou! You really are a great dad and it seems to me a pretty incredible husband! I wish things were different for you guys, you really do deserve some happy chapters in this book called life. I think you two will make good things happen! Love and Prayers, Terri from IL,

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  18. Happy Birthday Lou!! You are truly a wonderful father and husband. I am sure your mom and dad are very proud of you. I wish you peace and love to last a lifetime. Thank you for taking such good care of Ty and Gavin. I'm sure you have opened up the eyes of all of the father's who were profiles to read your lovely wife's posts. You have made such a difference in this world. Ty is always close to his best daddy in the whole wide world.
    Cindy, I'm glad you guys got out of the house to celebrate your very special hubby. I just love you Campbells <3. Please kiss your sweet Gavin for me. Good night, and God bless your beautiful family.

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  19. What a great story to share! Thank you for posting. Happy Birthdat Lou, two days late...I am sure Ty was with you on that special day in his own way!! Still thinking about your family and your two amazing sons! God Bless.

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  20. Happy Birthday Louie. I'm so glad to know you have Debi in your life as your sister. We all are so fortunate to have her. It it makes my heart smile that she is there for you.

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  21. You gave Ty so many beautiful experiences to Ty. I am in awe of both of you. Simply magnificent gifts to that amazing super Ty of yours. You make us all better parents and people. Hang in there, please. I know these days are full of dark hours and you remind yourselves to breathe in and out. But like someone previously posted "May light always find you during your darkest hours." I hope that light is Ty and that you will get some much needed strength from him soon.
    Chris, New York

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  22. Be patient Cindy, and Gavin will make you just as proud. I loved the Target "TY". See Ty is sending you signs and you do not even realize it. You are remarkable parents. God has given you the strength to carry on each day. Each day you will get a little stronger and who knows maybe some day You, Lou and Gavin will run the marathon. Stranger things have happened.

    God Grant you the strength and courage to carry on today and everyday.

    Jo-Ann, Hunter NY

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  23. Happy Birthday Lou!! I am still in awe of you and Cindy. Thinking of you and Ty everyday and always!

    Pam

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  24. It's those wonderful memories you have that will keep Ty alive in your hearts forever. Happy birthday to Lou. What an amazing daddy. God bless you all

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  25. Jaimi Lyn Melbourne AustraliaNovember 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    i am a mum of 3 kids 12 year old girl, 2 year old boy & a 1 year old girl i also run our business 6 days a week. I always wanted to build the business so our family can enjoy a easier life as they got older. Since reading your story, I have cut my days back at work, I cuddle them ALL the time, I play with them whenever they want me too, I tell them i love them every chance i get and i realise no one is promised a tomorrow. I have never cried so much - seriously i am not a crier!! My heart has broken for what you have experienced. But i wanted you too know that Ty and your family have changed our family for the better. Thank you so much for sharing your families story, I'm sorry it was your story to tell but know Ty has made a huge difference in the world - all the way to Melbourne, Australia!

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  26. All these firsts will indeed be hard - but thank you for sharing the NY marathon story. I have always loved that picture of Lou and his sister carrying Ty over the finish line. What a special memory. Please send a very happy birthday to Lou from us - my own son's bday is nov 7 - I keep finding things that make me feel sort of connected to you guys. Makes me want to work so hard to help spread Ty's story and continue the fight.

    Thinking of you guys always -

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  27. I am once again brought to tears. What a beautiful memory. Ty does indeed live on in your memories and his incredible legacy. Bless you all. Hugs from NC.

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  28. What an AMAZING memory. I'm so very sorry for the loss of Ty, he seems like quite a special little boy.

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  29. Cindy, I can only imagine how hard all these firsts are for you and Lou. Wishing I could take all the pain away, or better yet, hit the rewind button and bring Ty back to you forever. So glad Ty was able to cross the finish line last year with the best Daddy in the whole world! Happy Belated Birthday, Lou.

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  31. First of all God Bless you on your Birthday or rather the day after. I do not want to say happy as I know your heart is hurting and if I were in your shoes I would be like, "ya, some happy birthday." But, I can send you all the blessings I can muster and all I want for you is to find comfort. I wish I had a direct connection to God to give you your sons back on earth, but that is beyond me and in another hands. Whether you believe it now or not, I believe with all my heart that you and Ty and all of your family will one day be together. I want to say something uplifting and I read the beautiful words so many provide. However, I am mad. I am so mad that this has happened to you to any parent. I am mad that I see bumper stickers that say children are a gift - gifts do not get taken away - they are gifts. You see, I morn Ty as well though I never met your precious babe. I believe in God, I believe in heaven but after following your journey I question so much. But, I do not question His existence or heaven and believe that Ty is with you all and he is partying all night in heaven. Know that there truly is not a day that does not go by I do not think of you all of you and of Ty.

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  32. What a magnificent picture and sight to see Lou, Debi & Ty crossing the finish line together. Just beautiful... lots of love to you Campbell's. I'm always thinking of sweet, beautiful Super Ty.

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  33. Happy Belated Birthday to a true Super DAD!!!! And those memories and photos are yet another reason to smile Cindy. Always thinking of you guys!!!!

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  34. Happy birthday to your husband Lou! What a beautiful recap of his birthday last year spent all in honor of Ty!! The picture of them crossing the finish line is beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I wish all good things for your family always ❤

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  35. What a beautiful story of last year's birthday. Simply amazing.

    Happy belated birthday to Lou! Wishing you all many smiles through the sadness.

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  36. I was feeling strong today and thought I might get through reading one of your posts without crying. But I didn't. As soon as I read that Lou crossed the finish line with Ty in his arms, the tears began to flow. Lou, I know you didn't have a very happy birthday this year, but please think of Ty blowing out candles in Heaven in your honor.

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  37. Happy Birthday to Lou!

    I know today must have been a hard one. I hope you can re-live some of those memories from last year and love and happiness.

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  38. What a beautiful story and a wonderful special memory you will cherish for a lifetime!
    Thank you for sharing.

    I am so sorry you have to endure this pain. Love and Light to you.

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  39. Thank you for sharing your life. I'm so so sorry for your loss. If you would like to have therapeutic massage to help you through this period dont hesitate to ask. I have an office and it would be a gift from me. Stacy (914) 522-6148

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    1. So thoughtful of you!

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    2. That is so nice!

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  40. Happy birthday Lou. I remember seeing your post and picture of the marathon last year. It touched me then and continues to touch me today. What a wonderful memory for both of you.

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  41. What a beautiful picture of Lou carrying Ty across the finish line! He is an amazing daddy and you are an amazing mommy! Wishing you peace as you think of sweet memories of Ty and I hope he visits you in your dreams...Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers always.

    Lisa
    Latham NY

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  42. Beautiful! I think Ty is making his rounds in Ohio because he popped up twice this week... yesterday through a discussion with a 4-year-old about how his tongue was blue from a blue succer and today from seeing a child wearing the famed Ty spiderman hat! It's a way to be reminded of you guys and to keep praying for you.
    Amanda

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  43. your photo of lou with ty is unforgettable - just beautiful - our family will continue to do everything we can in the fight against childhood cancer.

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  44. I'm sure it was a rough day for you an Lou but what beautiful memories of your precious little boy. Praying for you all.

    Allie

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  45. Those memories are so wonderful to have. I'm always finding myself looking for your next post and hearing about Ty puts a smile on my face and makes me appreciate my children even on their worst day!

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  46. What an amazing memory and magical day! These memories and the love between you and your SuperTy will keep you together, forever. That is something that cancer can never ever take away.

    XO Kate on LI

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  47. What an amazing memory and magical day! These memories and the love between you and your SuperTy will keep you together, forever. That is something that cancer can never ever take away.

    XO Kate on LI

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  48. Happy Birthday, Lou !

    My continued thoughts & Prayers are with you & all of your family.

    I have made arrangements for a perpetual donation to be made to the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation in " SuperTy's " honor & memory.

    God Bless.

    - Rob Swan

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  49. What a wonderful daddy and aunt. Ty is so lucky to have such a wonderful family!!! Happy belated birthday SuperTy's daddy!!! Thank you for sharing with us. You are always in my prayers.

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  50. Happy belated to Lou! I'm sure Ty was there as you celebrated and reminisced. I hope Gavin enjoyed it as well.

    Mahopac Father

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  51. Cindy -
    I'm reading this entry as I'm listening to your interview with Bob Salter. You are amazing and did such a wonderful job expressing everything. I am so proud and in awe of you and Lou. There are many couples who grow farther apart and you two do nothing but support and love each other and create inspiration during the most unimaginable times of your lives. I was out with my son who is 3 this last weekend and out of no where he looked up at the clouds and said, "look mommy, Ty is climbing in the clouds" I had to ask him to repeat it cause I couldn't believe what he said and he said it again. I do believe he saw Ty playing and happy. I pray and think of you daily.

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  52. I am a believer in signs and I love hearing stories of them and I look for them as well. I wanted to share with you a sign I feel I got from Ty! I was standing in my living room reading your blog about the Target cover saying "TY'S TOYS" and I thought to myself I wish I had a sign from Ty so that I know he is still here, within seconds of thinking that my husband walked in, I said to myself, Ty, give me a sign from my husband that you are here and ok! As soon as I thought that my little 4 year old rand up to my husband with a lego toy and said hey Daddy, what's this guys name? (it was just a block not even a character) my husband said uhhhh Ty Fighter! I couldn't believe my ears! I asked him to repeat what he just said. I smiled ALOT but it took me five minutes to finally break down and tell him about the sign cause he has banned me from reading your blog (I get too sad). :) Even his face lit up and he gave me a sweet smile and agreed that was pretty amazing :) He said it's "Tie fighter" from Star Wars, I said that's incredible and showed him the main pic of Ty on your page where it says "Our little fighter". <3

    Rita

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  53. Happy belated birthday, Lou. Thank you for sharing your most precious memories with all of us. SuperTy has become the world's little boy and we love him dearly. He lives in all of us... we will never forget him and will forever be searching for a cure. Love to you and your amazing family!

    Kylee - Boise

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  54. Such beautiful pictures and such an amazing family. Sending all my love to you, Ty, Gavin and Lou.

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  55. I don't have as much time as I used to since I started my new job, but I just wanted to say Happy Belated Birthday to the SuperDaddy of SuperTy.
    Hanna, NY

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  56. Happy Birthday to Lou! What an amazing memory you all have of his 40th. You can look back to these memories with such pride and love. You and Lou gave Ty everything you had in so many beautiful and special ways. You continue to give to Ty and all the other children suffering from this horrid disease. I listened to your interview last night and was again in awe of your ability to articulate both fact and heartfelt emotion. You are a gift Cindy. May you have peace, Cathy from Colorado

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  57. Happy Birthday to Lou, the Super Daddy. Some moments in our lives live on forever - Lou's 40th sure was a special day. Thank you for sharing.
    Listened to your radio interview via your Facebook link and it was perfect. You have such a way with words, Cindy.
    Ty has every reason to be proud to be a Campbell. You are all amazing!
    Please take care.

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  58. Happy Birthday to your hubby!! I missed the interview live...but I listened to it on the CBS site and it was such a great interview! Praying for you and your family! You are such an inspiration!! <3

    Desiree P.
    New Rochelle, NY

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  59. Today I participated in a long term (20-30 year) cancer prevention study through the American Cancer Society. I am doing so in honor of your beautiful son Ty.

    He's probably up there eating a bag of "heavenly candy" right at this very minute. Blue teeth and all.... ;-)

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  60. I wanted to share that last night I was saying prayers with my little girl, who is 2 yrs old, and we always say "I love you Ty" and "Ty is an angel" and she pointed up and looked up like someone was there, it was only a second or two, but right on cue...kids see more than we do, they feel more....I have no doubt that she felt Ty's spirit was there. Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy with the world....I am so grateful for having known him through your words. Love always, Lisa

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  61. You and Lou are both lucky to have each other. Ty and Gavin are incredibly lucky that they have you for parents. You are a beautiful person to still be able to see and feel love after such a horrific loss. I feel so much love for your family. God bless you all especially Ty in the sky!

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  62. Ever since I heard about Ty, your family has been on my mind. I have shed many tears as I have read your blogs and I am so so very sorry for your loss. As the mom of a 2 year old boy, I know the magnitude of the love you have for both Ty and Gavin, and my most sincere condolences are with you and your family. Your courage, your strength, your love for your family are so remarkable and I wish you nothing but continued strength, health and love as you move forward. Much love to you! -An Oneonta Alumni

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  63. an amazing blog and probably one of my favorites....Once again I am left with tears. re Its amazing as I look at my 3 year old boy now and think of Ty. I am cherishing every moment, as life is sooo short. Its hard to grasp why things happen in life and we are all left without an answer.
    -Maureen

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  64. This is my first time commenting. I cry everyday thinking about Ty and what he went through. I have a 3 year old son and reading your blog has made me a better mother. I will continue to pray for your family everyday.
    Laura V.

    I thought of you and closed my eyes,
    And prayed to God today.
    I asked what makes a Mother,
    And I know I heard him say:
    A mother has a baby,
    This we know is true.
    But, God, can you be a mother,
    When your baby's not with you?
    Yes, you can he replied,
    With confidence in his voice.
    I give many women babies,
    When they leave is not their choice.
    Some I send for a lifetime,
    And others for a day.
    And some I send to feel your womb,
    But there's no need to stay.
    I just don't understand this God,
    I want my baby here.
    He took a breath and cleared his throat,
    And then I saw a tear.
    I wish that I could show you,
    What your child is doing today,
    If you could see your child smile,
    With other children who say:
    We go to earth and learn our lessons,
    Of love and life and fear.
    My mommy loved me oh so much,
    I got to come straight here.
    I feel so lucky to have a mom,
    Who had so much love for me.
    I learned my lessons very quickly,
    My mommy set me free.
    I miss my mommy oh so much,
    But I visit her each day.
    When she goes to sleep,
    On her pillow's where I lay.
    I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek,
    And whisper in her ear.
    "Mommy don't be sad today, I'm your baby and I'm here."
    So you see my dear sweet one,
    Your children are Ok.
    Your babies are here in My home,
    They'll be at heaven’s gate for you.
    So now you see what makes a mother.
    It's the feeling in your heart.
    It's the love you had so much of,
    Right from the very start.
    ~Author Unknown~

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    1. what a beautiful poem!!!! It gave me goosebumps and made me shed tears! I cry everday too thinking of Ty and his family, what a special boy and family to have such an effect on people that don't even know them. They've all found a place in my heart and include them in my prayers!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    2. beautiful poem

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    3. Beautiful poem and what a lovely beautiful person, who put this on here for Cindy and it is so true Cindy xoxoxoxxoxox

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  65. Happy Birthday Lou, you are an amazing partner and father. Today I am so angry for all of you. The fact that you will be spending this year of "firsts" without Ty makes me so mad for you all. You are good, kind, loving people who don't deserve this! Cancer is such a disgusting evil animal and I will work every day that God allows me to not have it affect any family again. So for your birthday Lou, I wish for you the continued strength which you have amazed us with, solace in the memories of that beautiful boy you were blessed with caring for, and a future filled with watching awareness for childhood cancers grow and death related to them shrink! BTW, I can't begin to imagine how difficult this day was for you, and I think your choice of reminding us of just how beautiful last year's celebration was is a testament to the class you and Cindy have. Not one reader would have faulted you for letting your anger go crazy on this blog because this is all just so fucking unfair. I am so moved to be a better person because of people like you.
    Erin F

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  66. Warm wishes to Lou for his birthday. Your love and strength, Gavin's smiles, giggles and health, and all of his memories of his best good boy are his priceless gifts. Many prayers go out to your family especially during all of these firsts you are encountering. May the love and prayers of all of us who have been touched by Ty be a help and comfort.

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  67. Sorry Lou couldn't have the best bithday ever but am glad he can always share the memory of his last birthday with Ty as a very special day for all of you. God bless you all...Uean

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  68. Wish your birthday could have been better. At least you know TY is not suffering anymore, but you all know that. You 3 are always on my mind. Sending happy thoughts your way all way from south Texas. :)

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  69. I have reading your blog for a while now and always wanted to coment but can never seem to get the right words out . I want to start by saying how sorry I am . I also want to say thank you for sharing your great boy with us . I am a mother of 3 boys 19,11 and 6 and sometimes I forget how lucky I am . You have made me cherish them so much much more than I have already . I have been pasing the story of you beautiful son in hopes to help find a cure . Please keep writing . I tell my children every day about this great little boy named Ty and his wonderful family that has changed the life of so many . Thank you .
    Please let me know about the fund raiser at 151 grill in mahopac .

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  70. for lack of better words, plainly put, I am a super Ty/Campbell family fan. I never admired a rock star or actor the way I do you and your family. I prefer things that are real and tangible. Of course I wish things were different. My heart goes out to you and your family.I share Ty's story when ever I can. As a mother I believe that we share a special bond with our children. That we hear them with our hearts and feel them with our souls. We always know when they are near or in need. They never truly leave us and we never truly leave them. Your words and Ty's story have changed so many people's lives. There is not a day that goes by that I don't check your blog or Ty's face book page waiting for your next post. I know you are grieving. I know you will need time. Just know we all love you and your family. All of us who follow your posts and Ty's face book want to support you and your cause any way you direct us. Much love and prayers for your family and a cure. Never give up hope.Love always ~ a super Ty/Campbell fan

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  71. Happy Birthday Lou.. I'm sorry I haven't been posting but I have been reading. I know that each day must be so hard for the two of you. Years ago my boyfriend was killed. I remember after everything was over and everyone went back to normal things really started to hit me. I remember watching the news when everyone's life was going on and screaming at the TV don't you know what happened? I used to look at people going to work, in stores, everywhere and I couldn't believe they were laughing and just going about the their life as if nothing happened. As a mother of 4 I know that it is in no way comparable with a child but one day it will be a little easier. You will never get over it and you will never be the same. everything will always be before Ty died and after but I do believe you are going to change the way the world looks at pediatric cancer. I know the first year is going to be the hardest for you but I pray you will eventually come to a place where it is at least easier to take a breath and not feel guilty. I haven't been commenting on your posts ( hadn't had power until Yesterday) but I check everyday..I hope it gives you some comfort knowing how many people love you and are praying for peace for you and your family
    Michelle

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  72. I'm starting a blog full of heroes. Do I have your permission to include a picture of Ty?

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  73. You continue to amaze me. Thinking of you and your family. On another note, my school, Fishkill Elementary, is having a pajama day on November 20th in honor of Ty. All money raised (its $2 to wear your pjs) is being donated to your cause. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and inviting us to be a part of it.
    Jessica Elliott, NY

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  74. Happy Birthday Day Lou, You are such a FINE EXAMPLE of a Husband & Father..Exsp..In this day and time. Your Awesome Bub. Like I've said before...It is so clear why TY was...It's in the Blood. ;) Cindy, I'll never beable to say it enough...You honey, are simply beautiful.


    ~always in my thoughts & prayers
    ~Michelle Hughes, North Ga.

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    1. Myyy meant "belated" Birthday, but forgot to add that part...lol..sorry I was late on that.:))


      ~Michelle Hughes, North Ga.

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  75. In the middle of any crazy day I suddenly stop and think about you Cindy. I' just want to send positive energy your way. I loved your little baby and I miss seeing his pictures and I miss his smiles. Stay strong.

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  76. I think about you every day and pray that god will give you the peace you need. Much love from Florida.

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