My heart is broken as I have to announce the passing of our sweet Tyler Smith. This world has lost a true light! Through his valiant example and Christ-like disposition many were touched right to the very core...I am one of those souls! I am grateful beyond belief to say that I knew and loved Tyler in this life and am grateful for the knowledge that I have that our association will go on forever! He was a powerful advocate here and his power has just increased as he watches over his dear family.
I hope we can all recommit to life as Tyler committed to life...FIGHT TO THE FINISH and literally do ANYTHING FOR A FRIEND. I love you my incredible friend! Rest in the peace that only the Savior can offer.
Tyler's event has been special right from the get go! The love, energy, and hope brought to the process by the Organizing Committee has been absolutely contagious! What an incredible group of people, with hearts to match! Thank you sweet friends from all of your time, talents, and efforts in bringing this event to life...and what a life it had!
Many of you have been waiting for the preliminary totals for Tyler's event, and I say preliminary because the support continues to come every day! As of right now, Tyler's F2TF Event has generated"
Among the other miracles that have been present in this process with Tyler, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the hearts and souls that surround Tyler's family. Thank you all for literally doing ANYTHING FOR A FRIEND!
All of us have had an unexplained stomachache, so when 14 year old Tyler woke up one Sunday morning complaining about his stomach hurting him, he and his family could have never imagined that just 24 hours later they would hear the news that would bring them and the entire community to their knees!
On May 15th, 2011 scans and surgery at Primary Children’s would indicate that the violent stomachache was his body’s response to tumors that had spread throughout his abdomen. Unbelievably, Tyler was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer called Hepatocellular Carcinoma that only affects 1 in 1 million children every year. He immediately started treatment, which will include two aggressive rounds of chemotherapy. If the tumors respond, they will operate to remove as many tumors as possible.
Tyler has always been one in a million, so that part of the diagnosis was not a shock! He has a sunny personality and a great sense of humor and is often referred to as "AWESOME". He loves to make people laugh and is full of life. He loves sports-mostly football, basketball, and golf. He loves his friends, and certainly has a lot of them! He is an example to others in so many ways. He has a huge heart and knows exactly what to do or say to brighten up your day. He and his family do not know where this journey will take them, but Tyler is a fighter. “We know there is nothing he can’t do and he will do it with a smile on his face.”
Just as the love and support have started to roll in, so have the bills in response to this treatment. The Smith’s need our help as the friends and community that make up their lives, so ask yourself, “Will I do ANYTHING FOR A FRIEND?”
**You can follow Tyler's fight at the following blog:
Event Date: July 16, 2011
Time: 5-9pmLocation: Layton Commons Park 437 N. Wasatch Dr. Layton, UT 84040
We are well aware that there is an entire community that is struggling along with Tyler and his family; we will be holding a special balloon launch for Tyler at the event. Imagine Tyler and his family in the middle of hundreds of loved ones, each holding a balloon as a symbol of their love, support, faith, and hope. It will be a special moment for all of us to reflect on what's truly important! We are selling balloons starting at $2/balloon and we have had balloons go for up to $400 a piece! We would love your support and your hopeful message to place in the balloons. Please send your message and donation to:
Right before Tyler started chemotherapy, he and his family members were given some very special rocks, called Worry Rocks. These rocks are used to rub your worries into and are placed on the shelf to be taking care of by the one that created the Heavens and the earth. They can be incredibly comforting and an outward symbol of an inner peace and faith in action.
Shortly into Tyler's journey, we began receiving messages from teens in the community that they too wanted a Worry Rock! We have had several hundred Worry Rocks donated to help support Tyler. You can purchase your rock at Tyler's event.
Where: PATRIOT CAR WASH 1475 E. HIGHWAY 193 LAYTON UT, 84040
When: FRIDAY JULY 8TH
**FROM 11a.m.-3p.m. During those 4 hours ALL 100% of the cost of washing cars goes to help Tyler. However, proceeds that Patriot Car Wash makes throughout the whole day 20% will go to Tyler. SOOOOO….if you can make it come from 11a.m.-3p.m.Cost: $15 for wash, vacuum, and detail inside and out $10 for just the wash
*This is going to be a blast! There are already 110 attending and 62 possibles. This will not be something that you want to miss! Thank you Lori and all that are organizing this portion of the event...so many incredible people...so little time! ;)
Details:Friday, July 15thAdams Elementary2200 E Sunset Drive, LaytonDoors open @ 5:40 pm ...Party Starts @ 6:00 pm$8 Donation in advance $10 Donation at the door *cash or checkWater Bottles will be sold for $1
We will be holding meetings every Thursday until the event. The next meeting is July 14th at 6pm at the Oakforest Church House in Layton. *Directions to the church: Head East on Antelope to 2150 E, and turn North. Then you will turn East on 2200 N and the church is right there. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas! For inquiries please contact Jeany Campbell, Lead Organizer at email@example.com, 801-628-8484. See you on Thursday!
*Thanks Bishop Dutton for setting this up and showing the example. Awesome! A true display of doing Anything for a Friend!