Wednesday, May 29, 2013

These stories just make my day!

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!

28 comments:

  1. absolutely!!! and just look at that face... his eyes tell a story that we only wish we knew! So angelic and so full of wisdom! Ty and all those little Angels will continue to inspire and change lives!!!

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  2. Thank you ty!!! Love, Kelly

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  3. sweet, sweet, beautiful boy.... I think of you and your family every day! xoxo

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  4. what a wonderful story. I am so saddened by the loss of these babies and my heart is heavy with sorrow for those family members still here that live daily and dream of the day when they will be reunited with these babies. God is forever watching over you and carrying you through another day. To His be the blessings... He is a God of wisdom, and strength. Keep him in your thoughts always and he will see you through all your heartaches. Please keep writing because I for one look eveyr day in my mailbox just to see if you and Maya have written about your continues struggles to maintain your lives since your great losses. My prayers and blessing are with your families always.

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  5. Wow amazing story, thanks for sharing. Love to all of you :)
    Rebecca G.

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  6. ♥♡ Changing the face of pediatric cancer. SuperTy forever ♥♡

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  7. love the story - love Ty showing himself to so many people in so many ways - forever the best good boy!! SuperTy always

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  8. Thanks for sharing Abby and Cindy...this really lifted me up on a not so good day :)

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  9. Brought tears to my eyes. Ty is remembered and loved by so many and you are the reason for that. Keep sharing his story with everyone!!
    Jennifer

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  10. What an amazing inspiring story. Its all for Ty. All for you baby boy. You see how much goodness you brought into this world. Thank you so much for everything that you did for me personally and for everyone who got to know you or your story. I love my life so much mre because I got to "know" you. I thank you forever.

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  11. SuperTy always and forever!! Love to hear inspiring stories like that. We should all cherish the moments we have with our children, for they are never promised.
    Thank you, Ty and Cindy, for opening our eyes...
    If I lived closer I would certainly be a TLC Foundation volunteer.
    Such a sweet picture of Ty, love his adorable face!

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  12. As I read this story, I couldn't help but put forward my two cents. I too found this blog and became instantly hooked and completely connected to a little superhero that I never got the pleasure of meeting. What is funny is that I too am an occupational therapy student at the University of Scranton. As I just finished my undergraduate degree and am continuing on to receive my masters of OT, I feel exactly how Abby does. As I've become more aware of the impact of pediatric cancer, through yours and others blogs, I have become certain that this field is my calling. My eyes have been opened to this unfair reality that so many children face but my mission is to help them live their lives as any child should, and help them find ways to jump in muddy puddles. I can't promise a cure will be found, but I promise that I, along with every other OT student from the University of Scranton will make sure that every child gets to live their superhero dream. Thank you Ty, for brightening everyones lives, and for helping me choose my path. And thank you Cindy, you are a true testament to what a GOLDEN heart really is.

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  13. How beautiful! I love reading stories like this as well. Tears are falling again because of the love you, Ty, Maya and Ronan bring out in others. Bless these people as they endeavour to make a difference in the lives of these special children. This is all because you share your lives and heartache to the world. Love and hugs xxx

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  14. I let my 2 year old jump in puddles because of Ty, too!! (I would never in a million years had been so willing to let her do so, had it not been for reading Ty's story.. . I'm a neat nick!! !) The pure joy she gets when doing so always makes me think of Ty.

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  15. Love this post. Love the UofS, as I am alumni from the school! Abby there is no doubt you will change lives, just like Cindy Campbell is...one day, one person at a time. Cindy, Abby keep on inspiring and touching those around you. God Speed!

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  17. I love that pic of Ty. It makes me sad & mad to know that your Ty is no longer here with you. How can such a beautiful face like that be taken away??! Its just not fair!! My heart breaks for you. Prayers! Love, B Warren Beacon NY

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  18. It was pouring here in NY for a few days and muddy puddles were everywhere. I always let my son jump in but this time I told him our friend Ty LOVED muddy puddles and I bet he would be soooooo happy if u jumped extra big in that biggest one jut for him. As he did..my almost 4 yr.old YELLED AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS...THIS ONE IS FOR YOU TY!!! Hot tears came down my face remembering your sweet Angel and wishing he was still here w/u . This pic shows perfectly just how perfect he is..WE LOVE YOU TY & CAMPBELL Family!!! Forever in our hearts and prayers!!

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  19. Beautiful and inspirimg. God bless all the little angels!!!

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  20. Beautiful story and a wonderful tribute to "our" boy!

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  21. Michelle from MIMay 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Beautiful and inspiring!

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  22. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Gosh cindy, he is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Love. Emily

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  25. I started following your blog awhile ago after my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. You and my husband (who is doing well after having an anaplastic astrocytoma the size of a potato removed) have inspired me to raise awareness for this awful disease. Today I hosted a 5K to raise awareness and we had a pretty low turn out. I was so disappointed, but when I got home sure enough, there was one beautiful lady bug right in the middle of my front yard. I have no doubt that it was from your beautiful Ty telling me to not give up. Thank you for sharing your story and your family.

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  26. Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize they were the big things. I love that quote! My son Andrew has taught me that is so true :) Always thinking of your sweet Ty and praying for your family ❤

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