Kyler's Super Trooper Mama

On October 16, 2013, a mass was discovered in Kyler’s brain. A mere 24 hours later after arriving at the ER at Lurie Children’s hospital, Kyler was rushed into emergency surgery to have the tumor removed. His recovery after surgery was long and difficult. His cancer was rare, a grade 4 malignant brain tumor with no clear diagnosis that has already spread to his spine. Kyler endured 8 months of chemotherapy and a second brain surgery. Unfortunately, the cancer was more advanced than the current treatment options. Kyler lived every day of his short 3 years to the fullest.

Kyler brought so much joy into our lives everyday. His smile was contagious, his laugh was infectious and those cheeks were oh so kissable. He was a happy little boy, always, before cancer and even throughout. He never complained, even with all that he had been through. He just rolled with, he adapted, and he made the best of every and any situation. Kyler loved to eat the air, he loved to lift his head upwards and feel the rain and snow on his face, and he loved digging in the dirt. The kid loved life, all the simple things. He will be forever remembered and deeply missed. He was our SuperTrooper.

On July 27, 2017, I will participate in the Young Associates Board’s (YAB) 15th annual Run for Gus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which raises funds to advance research and support services at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for patients with brain tumors.

Pediatric brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children and are fatal for almost half of those diagnosed. Yet, only $1 million is given annually for pediatric brain tumor research by government agencies. YAB has raised more than $1.5 million to date to further this lifesaving cause.

Please support my efforts by making a gift today! Any amount will make a difference, and all donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children’s Foundation.

With your help, more children battling brain tumors can receive the best healthcare possible and the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. Thank you!