When Ty first got diagnosed with cancer, he was 2 years, 10 months old. We adopted phrases around "fighting" and nicknamed him "the little fighter." This name still rings true to Ty. He continues to inspire others to fight on, just as he did.
Back then we dreamed of triumph against the evil monster that grew inside him for no good reason at all. We thought we would win. Today Lou and I still dream of triumph. A very unfair and different kind of triumph, but nonetheless, we still dream big. We want to DO SOMETHING to help change this. But we can't do it alone. And - thanks to people like you - we aren't.
Copied below is an excerpt from a letter I received in the mail last week. It is a true testament to how Ty's story will continue to inspire others long after he's gone. I promise you that he inspires and will continue to inspire me each and every day.
"Just after meeting you at the fundraiser in April, I began feeling off. I just wasn't feeling well for no clear reason. Regardless, it was quite a shock to be admitted to the ICU just 16 days later. I was extremely anemic and 3 days later I was diagnosed with CML, a rare and chronic form of leukemia.
"The morning after my admission, I had a bone marrow aspiration and a bone biopsy. I do not think I would have make it through the aspiration if it were not for Ty. I thought of him and so many of the painful things he endured through his own treatment, and I found my strength through him. Knowing that if SuperTy could ensure all of this and more, than I could endure anything, too. And I am a grown woman!"
"Each and every time I go to the cancer center, I wear my SuperTy t-shirt that I bought the night of your fundraiser. I am often asked about it and I smile, because I KNOW and then I explain about my SuperTy Guardian Angel, because - with your permission - that is who he is to me.
"I just needed you to know how much I appreciate you, your family and, of course, Ty's courage, strength and candor. I am among many that hope you will continue to share. I am but one person whose life you have touched and I am in a much better place because of you all. Thank You!"
Thank you, Liisa. Ty certainly did endure much more than any child should ever go through. I am including the photo below not to be graphic, but to remind everyone that cancer is cruel and it does not discriminate. Someday there will be a cure. There simply has to be. THIS IS NOT OKAY!!
Missing my baby boy tonight and every night. XOXO sweet angel baby. I wish we could have saved you. I promise not to rest until we save the next Ty Louis Campbell.