I first met Tylar as a boy in my First Grade Class. He was suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and was in a wheelchair. His Dad wanted nothing less than the best for him. I can't tell you how much I respect him for his dedication to his son.
Tylar was a boy who never complained. He was facing great odds, but never had a "down" moment. I know that because we spent 2 school years together. After First Grade, I looped my class to Second Grade and Tylar came with me. I haven't seen him in years, but through Facebook, we were able to reconnect, even though we live thousands of miles away. Tylar graduated from high school last month, a proud day for him and everyone who knew him.
Today, Tylar lost the battle with his disease. Deep in my heart I know that he his free from his diseased body and is in heaven. I cried for all of us who are left here, missing him.
Godspeed, Tylar. You made everyone around you a better person.