Monday, February 25, 2013

New old photos. My favorite!

I received some new photos of Ty tonight from my friend, Linda.  He's just a baby, maybe five months old.  It was his first mini-vacation -- we took a plane into Cincinnati for my friend's baby shower.  He was such a perfect little baby.  We were so happy.  Never, ever, ever would we have imagined the life we are living now.  He was the picture of health.  Now I look at these photos and I can't help but wonder, "did he have cancer yet?"  Impossible.  Just look at him!  How could cancer have ever happened to this little piece of heaven?  I look at that famous smile of his and despite my pain, I also feel so proud. 

We had a busy, happy weekend.  Ty kept me smiling by sending me bluebirds here and there.  Even tonight, when I saw The Avengers take the stage during the Oscars, I smiled for him because I know he would have gotten such a kick out of that.  We LOVE Chris Evans!!  I was happy to see him on that stage (and all of those super cute, super funny, superheroes).  The awards show otherwise had some snoozer moments for me -- too many slow songs -- with the exception of Seth MacFarlane because that man is hilarious.  But, I digress.  I am a far cry from an entertainment blogger so please forgive me for even sharing my opinion :) 

My mother's birthday is this week, so I asked my entire family to come up and visit for the weekend. Mom, Dad, my brother and his daughters, my sister, brother-in-law and their boys. We had a full house, lots of delicious food, champagne, cake, it was really so nice to be together to celebrate my mom.  She's the best mom anyone could ever ask for, and I am just so happy to have been able to throw her a little party for her "59th" birthday (wink wink).  She is going to kill me for this picture, but I can't help it because it cracks me up.  Me and my mom, I just love her so much. 

On Saturday I took Gavin to the local ski mountain along with his cousins and there was a giant puddle in the mud.  He splashed, then jumped, then in typical Gavin fashion he slipped and fell in it.  The water was deep enough that he was soaked to the bone and I saw him debate crying before he decided to laugh instead.  Thanks for that, Ty.  It would be a disgrace if the family who is launching "the muddy puddles project" didn't do well in muddy puddles :) .  My only regret is that I didn't have the camera ready!  We will have to do it again when all of this snow melts. 

As you can imagine, we had toys everywhere.  When I was cleaning up later today I found a miniature "Goofy" figurine that I haven't seen in ages.  I cried a little bit because I simply can't remember if it was Ty who loved the Mickey Mouse set it came with, or Gavin.  I realize this is a totally normal thing that happens to any mom -- time goes by and we can't remember even the things we thought we'd never forget -- and it's totally sad when that happens regardless!  Sadder when I don't have Ty sitting on the couch to ask about it, though. 

However, I do have this blog and I am so glad for that.  I never kept a journal a day in my life before our lives got turned upside-down, and writing through all of these ups and downs has saved my life and helped me maintain perspective.  My great friend Caryn had the entire blog designed and printed into a beautiful book.  It was the greatest surprise during our visit with her last weekend (in DC).  I have been thumbing through it every day since.  I come across blog entries that break my already broken heart all over again, and then I read about some of the miraculous moments that reminds me why Ty was so incredibly special (not that I'll ever, ever, ever need reminding).  Again, he just makes me feel so proud.  Thank you all so much for loving him like you do.  It means so much to Lou and I. 

I know you all know this, but gold is the awareness color for pediatric cancer.  September is pediatric cancer month.  The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation will launch the muddy puddles project in the Spring, followed by a lot of activities focused on going gold this September.  Someone has already kickstarted that process by making a gold ribbon awareness "spangle" at :) Thank you, Vicki!  I can't wait until the day that I see all sorts of gold merchandise on the store shelves to help our KIDS!!!!  I have so much confidence that this will be the year where we start to see a shift :)  Thanks to all of you. 


  1. So happy to hear you're seeing signs from Ty! Hope you're all doing a little better! Wishing The Campbell's nothing but love! ❤❤❤❤

  2. Love the beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing your story and your life with us Cindy.

  3. He is a piece of heaven! Just perfect and impossible not to love!

  4. Love the picture of you with your mom. Nice to see you enjoying time with your family. Happy birthday to your mom. Love the pictures of Ty. ADORABLE!! Happy to hear you had a good weekend. Always thinking of Ty and all of you. xoxo

  5. What an amazing friend to have given you such an wonderful keepsake. Keep on movin' forward! I'm so excited to hear about the Muddy Puddles project!


  6. Morning,

    Thank you for continuing to share " SuperTy's " ( and his family's ) courageous & heartbreaking journey.

    I have an idea ...

    Have you thought about publishing the book ( photo above ) " Ty Louis Campbell " - the book with the blog & photos. I think the book would be a wonderful item to have published & available for sale to the followers & friends of " SuperTy." The publication & sale of the book could be another resource to raise funds for increased awareness of & funding for pediatric cancer research.

    My continued thoughts & prayers are with " SuperTy " & all of his family.

    - Rob Swan

    1. I think your idea about publishing Ty's book is a great idea!

    2. I love that idea too!! I would definitely buy one!

    3. I would love to buy one too!

  7. Cindy- I just think about you all the time and wish you didn't have to be missing your boy. One mom to the next, I just want you to know you are in my thoughts. I love those pics of Ty! My oldest son had the same shirt. Boys sure are wild ;)

  8. Hello Cindy,
    I check in all the time, although I don't post much. I just wanted to say that Ty is very, very loved. The world isn't the same place without him. I'm hopeful, though, that his story will move people to take action to find a cure.
    Sending love and hugs from NV,
    The Clark Family.

  9. What a beautiful gift your friend gave you! That is incredible! In response to the post above, It would be awesome if a book like that was published! Think of all the proceeds that would go to the Foundation! The Photo of you and your mom is priceless! lol... and then there is Ty! What a gorgeous gorgeous smile on that little babies face!!! It just brings smiles to any day!!!

  10. I love the pictures of Ty...they hit home as my sons both had the same tshirt -- we thought it was so funny as they were always doing crazy stuff and it seemed to fit. Just another reminder how cancer can happen to your kid or my can happen to anyone. I see so much of you with your boys and me with my's hard not to. And yes, it's totally normal to forget some details -- I hate it and wish I had more written down. But I try to remember that my grandma was raising kids (and she lost 3 below age 2) she had (if she was lucky) a single picture of them...we are blessed today to have pictures and videos. Not the same...but whenever I get down that I can't remember something the videos and pictures bring something back. Just seeing Ty's big smile reminds me how special he is...he was so beautiful always. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

  11. Love Ty's baby pictures, and the blog book was a very thoughtful and caring thing to do. You do have GREAT friends! Priceless photo of you and Mom. Glad to see you smiling....
    Life does go on, and it is the people we surround ourselves with that keep us going.

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  13. Wow! You really do have some great friends Cindy! That book is beautiful. Like mentioned up above it would be good if it could be published as you can see so many would buy it. I would buy it!

    What a beautiful photo of you and your mum. It really is priceless! It says a thousand words...And the photos of you and Ty melts my heart. His little face barely changed at all...Big smile and those beautiful eyes that smile right back at you. How can one not fall in love with him. <3

  14. Such beautiful pictures of Ty. Totally made me smile :) And such a beautiful and thoughtful gift your friend gave you!!! So priceless! What a treasure. Love to your family always! :)

  15. what a small world! I graduated hs with Lou. I moved to Boston for grad school and became a school counselor. I was the school counselor for Chris Evans siblings. Not Chris...but his younger brother and sister. They are an amazing family. I remember Lisa (Chris's mom) being a beatiful and sweet woman. Just wanted you to know this family is one of kind...genuine ....nice people. I wish Ty could have met Chris. Small world.

  16. When I saw the book you have a picture of I was almost jealous because I would love to have one too so much. I often want to look at Ty pictures that I have on my phone where the pictures of my boys also are and I feel as if he is someone close to me that I lost. But you know I think he is. I truly believe that my connection to Ty and your family is certainly not accidental. One doesn't just fall in love with a little boy named Ty when there are millions of other little boys with stories to share. I know that the connection is deeper than that. Ty I thank you everyday for allowing me to "meet" you. You are so missed.
    PS Dear Cindy how can we possibly get this book one day?

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