Age: 8 Hometown: Santa Monica, CA Game: UCLA vs. Oregon View game photos
With his unbridled energy and irresistible joie de vivre, Tyler is, by any measure, a kid on the move. The fact that he has one leg — his right was amputated earlier this year due to osteosarcoma — doesn’t slow him down. In fact, just a few days after his surgery the courageous 8-year-old already was up and, with the aid of a walker, making his way around the hospital corridors. Today, it’s not unusual to see him shooting hoops in his front yard, riding his scooter or dancing with his mom in the living room. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep up. “I have to do jumping jacks in the morning just to get ready for him,” his dad, Wayne, says.
Tyler was diagnosed at age 5 with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. A variety of treatments were not successful, and this year the family elected for an above-the-knee amputation so Tyler could “run around and be a kid again,” says his mother, Kim. Now the family is excitedly waiting for his new prosthetic leg.
In the meantime, Tyler has big plans for his future. He dreams of being a basketball player and an actor. For right now, he is occupied with learning to read his favorite book, “The Cat in the Hat,” and he also enjoys video games and painting and watching the Disney Channel. This kid with the enormous personality definitely is going places.
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