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Tyler’s Story

TYLER WAS INVOLVED IN A FOOTBALL ACCIDENT On November 5th 2011, in which he suffered a severe spinal cord injury and broken neck.

If you wish to donate and support Tyler & his future needs you can send your donations and letters of encouragement to:

   The Tyler Timothy Vitiello Special Needs Trust 

                    197 hayes drive  

           Saddle Brook,N.J. 07663

TY'S SITE:http://www.tylerstaystrong34.com.prod.ngin.com/

Thank you for all your love and prayers of support for Tyler EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR MY CHILD TO HEAL AND STOP THE PAIN
..At exactly 2:27 Pm Saturday afternoon my life, my soul, my complete entire world, universe, breathe that I breathe, MY TYLER who is my end all be all everything in our lives was injured and  hurt so badly on the football field. As the play happened I saw my someone go down and did a quick scan as I always do of jersey numbers & I knew it was my Tyler. The seconds it took to run across the field to my child hurting felt like I ran to the ends of the earth and was never getting there. I came upon my innocent severly inured child screaming to me I’m paralyzed crying out in tremendous pain. It was two words that are repeatedly haunting me over and over in my mind, every second of every day. The surgery was immediate and we had not one minute to make any decisions. From the minute we entered the ambulance I threw myself onto my child hurting and terrified and pleaded with God to spare my child.I was begging the Lord to take me, take everything from my being , my soul my entire life ,take it from me to heal my son and let him live, and let him move and not be paralyzed. We went into trauma and the catscan showed his severely broken neck, from there immediately into the MRI which showed his spinal cord was injured and severely bruised. He was then rushed into the most dangerous scary surgery you can ever endure for over 10 hours. 3 days in ICU, then rushed to Kessler in West Orange to begin his journey to fight for his life back. Tyler has been trying so hard to regain all that was taken from him..He has had more courage and determination than anyone I have ever seen. many days he struggled to even to get out of bed as he suffered form c-dif and was in tremendous pain from this condition.He has worked so hard at therapy to walk again.
He was being recruited from over 20 schools for football scholarships to play college ball. He dreams of being an athletic trainer one day. One of his many doctors came to him in the hospital and said to Tyler as he lay in bed. You want to be an athletic trainer, he said to him. You will be an amazing trainer, YOU WENT THROUGH THE WORST thing any athlete ever could and you will have compassion and strength to help the child that is hurting like no one could. I know I cannot ask God why this happened. . But I know that in my heart  God spared my child from a life in a wheelchair or worse brain damage for a reason. HE IS GOD”S MIRACLE, he has been touched by Jesus himself and all the angels that surround him for a reason. That reason is unknown but he will fight to get to that future God has planned for him. It will be something amazing for us all to see I know it.

As I sit in the corner of his room at Kessler rehabilitation while he sleeps this night and here him breathing and that’s all I need to here. He is alive, that’s all I need. Whatever the future holds for our child I don't know yet. He has shown me more strength, heart, and determination than any human being I know. The tolerance for excruciating pain on an hourly basis and he gets through it is too much to bear as a parent to see your child suffer. But we here love him supporting him and getting him through just the next minute. That’s all we are living through is the next minute to get our son through I have no idea what the future holds for his treatment or how long it will take but I can promise you Tim and I will do anything to help our son. TYLER IS A LIVING MIRACLE...You here about it in the world happening and it happened to my child.Tyler aquired c-dif and as a result lost 30 lbs in a very short time period.He struggled for weeks at rehab fighting to regain everything that was lost. so many things ..it will take time only god knows what will be.

video tribute to tyler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ03-IGF9j4&feature=share

 highlights of Tyler before injury


Latest Journal Update

new year.. new day

we made it! 2014! well 2013 was a year that was one tough year! so three days ago we turned the page  , and now begin writing a new chapter. One hopefully filled with beautiful stories and happy endings.. 
You know these past few days I have been thinking and thinking so much.. It's overwhelming the power of a dream.. For the dreamer, but also for people dreaming along, because you don't give up, you keep dreaming when other people see it too.. with all Tyler is studying, his faith and being willing to work hard and never give up on his dreams, you are all there along side him.. I never thought we would be here today where we are.. I prayed so hard for it every single day.. but it's not something you would dare to dream, but suddenly your standing there together. And you realize we have all prayed for this, together. It is the love of everyone, as much as it is our love that has brought Tyler here today. That is so clear, the love I feel from everyone for him always. Realizing this new years, we had come so far. Many of you have been there since day one, been there and carried me when I needed you the most. I realized just how much it means, how much everyone cares, and anyone that tries to tell you friends,family or dreams don't matter..Well I could tell you different. In ways not alot of people can. Because life is not easy.. sometimes things happen that are out of your control, tear your life upside down and break your heart to where you dont know how or what to do to move forward. I Know for Ty, having a dream is what is so important. And getting him there is our daily prayer. Seeing our son, living , being in college just being Tyler  is a dream we never gave up on.. And  you all are a part of it.. All your prayers being answered one by one.. They may not all be answered at once I've learned. God has taught us patience,, prayers come answered on a rainy tuesday night when you least expect it.. Like yesterday seeing Tyler come to us and saying he just got his grades posted,,and announcing he got straight A's and made the Dean's list..with my eyes filled with tears he looked at me and i almost fell to my knees thanking God for his blessings ,,Because I know he is leading Tyler to something very special. Then he smiled at me, and I lost it......  No one can make me cry, make me laugh, make me smile and crack up like he does..
  It is so much for him... no one knows all he has to deal with on a daily basis... the severity of the injuries that dont go away... He is back at kessler two years out,, back again.. more therapy, more treatments.. All part of his new life, new journey. and this is our new life.. no longer the same life we lived two years ago. Things have changed in so many ways.. some friends are lost along the way,, but many have stuck with us like glue. the glue to help hold us up and all together when we need them the most. Tyler has his whole life ahead, he's just 19.. and so many health issues he faces cannot be helped. But I will not give up hoping, healing continues throughout this long road we are all on.  Days and days have gone by this past fall. And seeing him working hard towards his dreams, is evrything to witness. He may want to go on to medical school.. I say THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!!!! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING FOLLOW YOUR HEART! and he has such a big heart.. compassionate, caring, and just so loving.. a heart of gold! :) ..... somedays I see his dreams that are so big, and I know I have to let him try and be whatever he wants to be.  My heart is full seeing him smile, being with his friends, and family.. Christmas was wonderful,, you see two years ago xmas eve tyler had 105 fever and was terribly sick.. last year me ol momma bear had the full blown flu.. this year NOONE SICK!! finally! and we had wonderful times with our family. Tyler got to spend time with his godson who is now over 2yrs old and so just adorable. He adores him!  Time is going quickly. ALready spring is coming in a few months.. Tyler is entering his second semester of his sophomore year, I remember dropping him off at school.. All I could think is ... there goes my life walking into those college doors.. All he has gone through, so young... and into those doors he walked into his future.. It;s a moment that was so much to take in ,, i can never explain it. But for so many of you, you all know how hard he worked to get there. And how hard he still works every single day..Double what so many others have to face. triple that and add some that's his day.. And he wants more out of life.. Pushing himself to excel, succeed and just try his best.. So many weekend nights were spent in his dorm studying, not going out because he knew he had a big test on Monday and wanted to do well. and it is paying off..  For everyone who is reading this I know you care! I may not see all of you all the time , but when I do I feel your love for y and believe me it means soo much to us. You all know the power of prayer is amazing! everyday we keep praying for continued healing for Tyler and his future! Each day is precious and we re so grateful for him!