Tyler R

Former LifeList Warriors

October 14, 2017, is the day that my life was flipped upside down. I was 19 years old. Until that day I was an active, healthy young man. I was rarely sick. I even joined the Army National Guard in high school. I was discharged for a different medical reason. I wasn’t feeling good for a little while so we decided it was time for a bigger intervention. We thought I had a kidney stone only to find out I had a tumor in my pelvis. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma on October 31, 2017. This is a very aggressive childhood cancer and we are very grateful that I was taken on as a patient at AI DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. I have had multiple biopsies and 2 surgeries. I underwent 52 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy and did 5 1/2 weeks of radiation in Philadelphia.

Due to my diagnosis, I had to drop my college classes and quit my job. It made time with family and friends difficult as I did not feel good a lot of the time. I lost a few friends along the way who couldn’t understand.

Tyler’s Life List:

  1. A Bear Archery Cruzer RTH compound bow.
  2. A tan Yeti Tundra 105 cooler.
  3. A lifetime Tamarack 120 Angler kayak.
  4. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth portable speaker.
  5. A shopping spree for my parents.