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.