MMTPT212 ~ DESTINATION STATION
This week our destination is Greenville, South Carolina. If you would like a destination for your card, how about sending it to Tyler. Tyler was brought to our attention by fellow SCSer, Caterina (caterinafmig). Tyler is a very sweet 11 year old boy who currently is in remission from Rhabdomyosarcoma, childhood cancer, however this has caused many serious problems.
Tyler's medical problems all started during Christmas 2002 when he fell on a toy and scratched his jaw. It became very swollen and when treated, sarcoma was found. Since then Tyler has had 53 surgeries. A doctor at Johns Hopkins has been doing the surgeries without any payment. Sadly, Tyler will be facing more surgery to once again have jaw reconstruction but must first get a virus in his system in order to use his dad's bone for transplant. Tyler must travel from his home in South Carolina to Maryland often, and in fact, he will be traveling to John Hopkins next month.
Tyler loves, loves, loves getting mail. He has been really struggling lately with depression because of all the pain he is in. His grandmother, Darlene Cox says he loves strawberry shakes and when Caterina visited him several months ago, she brought him one. He likes water guns, movies and typical boy stuff. Tyler is especially enjoying his IPad that was given to him by one of his 'angels.
Tyler's family continually is fund raising for Tyler's travelling expenses. How wonderful that his family has found a compassionate and caring doctor who will perform his surgeries at no cost. The travelling back and forth is expensive. If you are able, a $1.00 bill framed in some way on your card would help fund Tyler's upcoming trip! Not required, not expected. Just a little donation request on the side....
Here is Tyler's website
with much more information as well as pictures of Tyler and updates. Here is the address to mail your card to:
P.O. Box 14386
Greenville, SC 29610-4386
Thank you from Caterina (caterinafmig), Darlene (Tyler's Grandma), and me!