Honored Kid

Tyler Vanderwall

Tyler Vanderwall Kid Photo


Lake Worth, FL, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2006


Passed away

Treated At

Palm Beach Children's Hospital at St. Mary's Medical Center

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My Story

Tyler was a guy with a knack for making people laugh! He could, however, cut you right down to size if he felt you warranted it! He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocetic Leukemia one month after his 20th birthday. Kids his age rarely get this type of cancer and most kids who do get it survive it. We felt Tyler would be a survivor as well because his cancer went right into remission. The cancer did not kill our son- the treatment did. He was given Thioguanine in November 2006 and it destroyed his liver. He developed HVOD. This means the blood does not flow through your liver. The doctors did not recognize the problem for what it was and after 51 days in intensive care, we watched our son bleed to death. That is why cancer research is so very important-the researchers have got to come up with new treatments that only attack the bad cancer cells. Thank you to everyone who supports the research.

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