Honored Kid

Tyler Armstrong

Tyler Armstrong Kid Photo

Location

Diamond Springs, CA, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

February 2010

Status

Angel

Treated At

Sutter Medical Center

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My Story

Tyler was a fun loving guy with a sense of humor that lit up the room. He was always dressing up in costumes and loved to put on "shows" for his family. His hobbies were playing his XBox, riding his scooter, practicing baseball in the backyard and riding jet skis. He loved anything scary (especially scaring his brother) and enjoyed telling stories. His favorite vacations were to Disneyland and going camping. His best friend was his dog Kona. He loved her more than anything else! Tyler was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia February 10, 2010. Without too many bumps in the road, Tyler was a champion throughout treatment. Unfortunately, on December 10, 2012, Tyler relapsed. His new diagnosis was Isolated CNS ALL relapse. He handled relapse treatment with bravery and was truly our hero. He fought hard until September 3rd, 2016, after battling cancer for half his life, Tyler left us to go run and play as a healthy child in heaven where he'll be able to run and play without pain. He has some of his favorite people waiting to embrace him. He will be renewed. But the pain inside my bones makes the thought of losing him unbearable. I'll miss his freckles, his giggles and his juicy kisses. I'll never hear his voice again. Part of me will die with him and that void will never be filled again. It's been 3 weeks since he told me that he loved me. I'll never hear those words come out of his mouth again. We NEED a REAL cure for this. He could have lived a nice and long life. He could have been a father, a brother, a inventor. As a society, we have failed him, and many more who will die after him. How much are our kids lives worth? Never did I think I would be saying goodbye to my son dying from cancer. It's not ok. We need better. For our children and grandchildren, our nieces and nephews, our future. Kids die everyday. But cancer takes the most lives. Our kids deserve better than this.

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