Friday, February 1, 2013

We're okay

I just want to post a quick update because I don't want anyone to worry.  I am okay, we are all okay.  I don't think I've ever gone this long without writing, though, and I can actually feel the tension getting worse by the day because of it.  Writing has always been my release and I haven't been able to keep up so I wanted to at least tell you why (it's all good).

So much has happened this week, and so many times I was compelled to write but I've been restricted because of foundation priorities.

It's been an exciting week.  The biggest news will be the launch of the website for the foundation tomorrow.  Once that goes live, you'll see that we have a new landing page for superty.org.  It will still be a clear link to the blog, but there will also be an access link to the TLC Foundation and the Muddy Puddles Project (the website for which is still in the works). 

So, that was just a lot of work and I was bogged down all week. We are also looking to secure a venue for our first big muddy puddles event (when the weather warms up),  and I am so excited for the way things are coming together. 

My alma-mater, Marist College, has also helped me to secure four new interns and I am so happy to have them on board!  Over the next few months, they will help me become more active on Twitter (follow @supertycampbell) and solicit more attention from the media. 

Tonight we had a brainstorm meeting with about 30 people that I once worked with throughout my career in public relations.  Names and faces that I haven't seen, some in 10 years or more!  All of these amazing individuals offered their time and expertise to talk about Ty's Foundation and childhood cancer awareness in general.  So many amazing ideas were shared.  So much love in that room.  I feel we are going to achieve so much in honor of Ty, and I am so humbled by the contributions from this group of friends.  I feel so lucky and so blessed, and I know Ty is proud.  I can't wait to see us all make great things happen in his honor. 


I love those big green eyes. 

Ty was such an amazing little boy.  If he survived this disgusting disease, I just know that he would have led an amazing life that inspired others.  Even in his death, I expect his story to continue inspiring others for a lifetime.  The lifetime he should have been allowed to experience.  Tonight I was reminded just how powerful one little boy can be.  He was my superhero.  It's not fair that he was so young.  When I was getting ready to head into the city today, I thought to myself, "if I can meet one little boy like Ty, who beats cancer because of new treatments unveiled over the next decade or so, I will have answered my calling."  For Ty, we will dedicate our lives to trying to save more children. 

It can happen to any kid.  Ty was not predisposed.  There were no environmental factors that we know of.  It doesn't run in our family.  It just happened.  In the blink of an eye, our lives changed forever.  I pray for the day that we find effective ways to treat cancer and to give kids their lives back without robbing them of their childhood. 

Gavin has been doing great.  He has been so mushy lately, and I just relish in it.  You all know I can't hug him enough, so I am loving the fact that he wants to snuggle and he tells me "I love you" twenty times a day.  He is my entire reason for living, and he makes me genuinely happy even during my saddest of days.  Thank you Gavin.  Today he told me that he is my big boy and I just tell him "No, you are my baby.  And you will always be my baby no matter how big you get!"  I have a picture of Ty in this same hat.  Isn't it amazing how much time has passed?  Ty was younger than Gavin here.  He was three and four months, Gavin is three and nine months now.  :)  Notice Ty's slightly blue lips!  This is where it all began :)  After his second round of chemo, his love for candy emerged.  Missing him big huge much.


29 comments:

  1. I can just hear that conversation playing out with Gavin and it makes my heart smile.

    I am glad you are ok. I have been checking regularly to see if there's a blog and the quietness oddly wasn't concerning. I somehow just knew you've been quite busy. Ty is doing wonderful things through you!

    Lots of love to you and Lou and Gavin and prayers for a happy peaceful super bowl weekend.

    Love,
    Lori

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  2. You are so amazing
    Ty and you have inspired us all <3
    I can't wait to see your new TLC website :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing the magic that is your precious little boy, I drive over a hill every night home and as I see the horizon, I think of Ty Louis Campbell and the beam that exhudes over the mountains at this time of year. God bless you Cindy and I cannot wait to see the wonderful things your foundation and the TLC website unveil. Your love as a mom is truly inspiring and my 3 year old son has a better mommy because of you. Keep moving mountains, precious boy and keep your mommy, daddy, and Gavin safe, we love you always xxx

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  4. You're a great Mom!! You know we all love you, right? Can't wait for debut...

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  5. Wow, I went to Marist too ('93). Small world... Your family is always in my thoughts. Your foundation will do wonderful things in honor of your beautiful boy :)
    Teresa

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  6. Love the pictures! They always make me smile, but then I cry when I think of how Ty was robbed of his childhood and how he will never get the chance to be a great man in this world. We have to find better treatments for this disgusting disease, we just have to.

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  7. There is no one better suited to be the Ambassadors to champion this cause as you and Lou. Keep the fighting spirit. THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG!!
    Ty and we are so very proud and excited for the miracles you are going to make happen.
    I would love to get involved , to get my community involved and have everyone know who this wonderous little boy Ty Campbell is. (not, and never to be referred to as "was"!

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  8. Hi Cindy!
    I have been following your blog and falling in love with Ty over and over, for a year now. And I KNEW you looked familiar but didn't know why, and then I read your post this morning and saw that you went to Marist! I am only 2 years younger than you and went to Marist, too! Gosh, I miss the carefree Marist days. Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hi to my fellow alum. I love you and your entire family to pieces and a day doesn't go by that you, Ty, Lou and Gavin don't cross my mind (and heart). Much love, Jessica xoxo

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  9. Glad to hear you are all ok. I can't wait to see the everything you have been working on. I know you will do a great job and bring so much awareness and everyone will know how special Ty is. I know he's super happy of his mommy!!!! God Bless you always.

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  10. Cindy, you are such an amazing mother. Gavin sure is getting big :-) I am super excited for the website to be up and running, I am starting to plan my next funraiser (I did a penny drive last year) for the TLC Foundation. I love Ty so very much and believe in everything you did for him and are continuing to do in his honor. God Bless you...

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  11. Beautiful pics!! I do hope time eases your pain. JUst know, Ty is always with you. Ever think of a memory blanket? (I wrote about it before) Its made of clothes...this way U can wrap yourself up in pieces of Ty's clothing. Do a search, there are lots of companies out there that make them. Prayers always.
    Betty Warren Beacon, NY

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  12. I am always so happy to hear that you haven't written ,for a GOOD reason! We all look forward to your posts and do worry when you are gone to long without explaination, but love it when it's GOOD. I am really glad things are coming together for you with the foundation nd all. You are an amazing person,you are all an amazing family! You will and are doing Ty proud. ..Jean <3

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  13. Hi Cindy
    Thank you for the update . Missed hearing from you .

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  14. You do not have to worry whether Ty will continue to inspire...He has already a thousand times over and over. He is super Ty and now he has his super powers.

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  15. Amazing! I cannot wait to see the website and continue to see how Ty will change the world. Keep smiling beautiful lady! Hugs to you all.

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  17. You are doing an amazing job!!! I, like you and other people that know about Ty's story, am sure that he will continue to inspire many others. Gavin is looking adorable!!!

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  18. I love all the photos:-) Great job on the foundaton! A little boy in my town lost his battle yesterday, Evan Lopez. Thank you for the work you are doing to stop all this. It got me thinking about organizing a 5k.With all you have going on, I am sure this would be down the road but I'd be happy to help if it ever comes up

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  19. Sounds like you have a wonderful team working with you in the foundation Cindy. I know you will see good things come from this and cannot wait for the day we see better treatments. I also cannot wait for the day you personally meet a child this has helped as it will be the best reward ever. It will happen! I believe it with all my heart!

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  20. I love seeing all the pictures of Ty and of course Gavin. Such sweet little boys! I can't wait to see the website. You and Ty are going to do such amazing things!! I can't wait to see what you accomplish.

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  21. That picture of Ty was a treat , thank you! I thought about Ty all day today and thought to check hoping u wrote today and I'm happy u did...lots of love xo

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  22. I love that you still post on here.. I look forward to reading all of your updates. So excited for all the amazing things you will accomplish in the future.
    Thinking of you
    Michelle

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  23. Hi baby Ty. How much I wanted to see you grow. Oh you would have become the most handsome man on the planet. You would have done so much for our community, for poor kids fighting cancer. Why why why? Being so beautiful and captivating was almost purposely given to you so that once anyone sets their eyes on you they can't forget and they will follow you to the moon. I can't never forget you. You gave cancer such a face. It ate your body but you stayed so perfect always, that's why it was almost impossible to believe that you won't make it. I can't comprehend the pain you went thru. As a mom I am so angry to know that this disease makes us so helpless that we can't make our babies better even with hugs and kisses, the booboo doesn't go away. That's horrible. To know that mom's love is not enough isn't something I can understand. Gavin, you are so cute in the way you let your mommy go on and keep loving and smiling. You are a big boy, strong beautiful. I wish you would always be the little brother, so unfair that that was taken away from you. Cindy and Lou, it is my dream to see you succeed with your foundation and find a cure. I know that Ty will make it happen. I also know and strongly believe in Heaven because that's where Ty is. That's where he is pain free now. I love you and miss you baby boy.

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  24. I have a 4 year old son and I just have to say that I admire you so so much. I can't imagine a day without my boy and I can't imagine your pain. Ty's story breaks my heart. He was so young and suffered more than any child deserves. I hope you and your family find peace.

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  25. I'm so happy to hear all this good news think if you all everyday. God bless you, your doing incredible things to help children. One person can make a difference in the world. Your going to do great things Cindy and Ty is going to align the stars and moon to help make it happen.

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  26. I'm so happy to hear all this good news think if you all everyday. God bless you, your doing incredible things to help children. One person can make a difference in the world. Your going to do great things Cindy and Ty is going to align the stars and moon to help make it happen.

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  27. I had a dream that you had a little girl, her middle name was "Louise," you called her "Lou-Lou,"and you decorated her room in ladybugs.

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  28. I, for one, do not worry about you. I know you a super hero-mom on a mission.... And your days will only get more busy as time goes on.
    Loved the two pics of your sweet boys. Ty always looks so happy to have been your son, in your tender loving care. Same goes for Gavin.
    Also nice to hear Lou scooped you up the other night, even though you were crying. I bet Gavin and Lou are happy to take care of you when you need it.

    Ty lives on in the hearts and happiness of others. I know my boys have had a lot more fun since their mommy learned about the life of Ty, super warrior.
    Much love. Christine in NJ.

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