Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tyler the Great Warrior

Tyler Gressle, 14, knows a lot about being a warrior. In October 2002, he was diagnosed with undifferentiated embryonic sarcoma. It was discovered when he complained of pain. His parents took him to the doctor, then to a surgeon. During surgery, the doctors discovered that the mass had burst, which caused the terrible pain. The surgeon removed 25 percent of Tyler's liver, about 6 inches of large intestine and his gall bladder. Tyler's prognosis was not good. Fortunately, his doctor had seen a case once before and had been successful in treating the patient, his mother said. "After a long, hard battle, Tyler is perfectly healthy now," his mother said. "We want other families to know they can have hope, and wishes do come true." Tyler had another wish fulfilled. The Make-a-Wish Foundation learned of Tyler and his family's battle and gave him the chance to design his own Yu-Gi-Oh! card for 4Kids Entertainment Inc. The foundation's goal is to present each child, along with their family, with a happy experience to help them feel normal in the midst of a difficult time. "All I needed was a pencil and my imagination," Tyler said. His detailed drawing depicts a warrior deflecting an evil monster's terrible weapons. They unveiled the final card on Aug. 5th. Tyler and his family were also invited to New York City to meet with officials from 4Kids Entertainment Inc. and were given a tour of the Yu-Gi-Oh! facility.

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