My name is Abby and I have been following Ty's story for a while now. I just wanted to let you know how truly inspiring you and your family are. I was blind to the world of childhood cancer until the song "Ronan" came out and I began following Maya's blog, and then came across yours and was astonished to find a story so close to my home town on Long Island.
I have become so interested and inspired in this cause. I am a junior occupational therapy student at the University of Scranton, and now aspire to be a pediatric OT, my goal in life is to help kids live the best life possible for them. I have kept Ty and your family in my prayers constantly, and I know that you have received signs from Ty, so I just wanted to let you know I'm pretty sure I got one too!
Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting your superhero. But I want you to know that I was babysitting yesterday (it was an overcast day), and the little girl I was watching wanted to have a pool party. I complied. Once we were all done we dumped the water out and there was a huge mud puddle smack dab in the middle of the backyard. She went to jump in and I hesitated letting her, but then Ty and all the beautiful children that don't get the chance to be messy popped into my head and so I jumped right in there with her!
We jumped and giggled and ran around for a long time! Seeing the smile on her face as opposed to the frown if I prevented her from jumping in, was priceless. We spent the rest of the day playing and making the most of the day. We started drawing with chalk and although she's not very verbal yet, she asked me to draw a ladybug for her out of nowhere. I was speechless and smiled towards the sky and thanked Ty for showing me to really enjoy the simple pleasures of life, even mud puddles.
I think what you are doing is incredible and you have my full support! I am behind you a million percent! WE need to find a cure for these kids so they can all jump in mud puddles as long as they want! Thank you for sharing your undying love, strength, and courage. I am honored to have been changed by your story! Thank you! Stay messy!!!!!
This is what keeps me going on a bad day. And it keeps me smiling on a good day. Thank you, beautiful Ty (and Ronan, and all of the beautiful angels), for inspiring so many people to remember how important such little things can be!