Tyler Frenzel was not your ordinary nine-year-old boy. Tyler was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He spent the last two years of his life teaching others about courage, faith, love, generosity and the ability to live life to the fullest. His approach to fighting Leukemia resulted in improved lives of those who knew him and many who never met him. Tyler’s motto was “Fight Hard, Never Give Up”. This is the way Tyler lived. Tyler had a simple dream. A treehouse. Build a treehouse where kids can play and feel “normal” all the time. He wanted to help children, like himself, who had been struck with illnesses beyond their control. He wanted to help create a place for these kids and their families to go where they can love and laugh together. Tyler donated the first $1,000 of his own savings to start making his tree house dream come true.
On December 21, 2004, Scott’s Enis Furley Foundation teamed up with Peyton Manning’s Peyback Foundation and the Bob and Tom Show to hold a charity auction to raise funds for our beloved hero’s dream. The auction raised over $150,000 towards his treehouse. In Tyler’s honor, we have built a gigantic treehouse with an awesome playground inside of Camp Emma Lou. We have named it “Tyler’s Treehouse” so every child that plays on it knows who gave it to them. And we did it all the way Tyler would have wanted it done … together.
Tyler was 9 years old when leukemia robbed him of his life. His disease may have won the battle, but his spirit will win the war.
Thank you, Tyler.
If you know someone who would want to participate or volunteer with the annual Plane Pull fundraiser, we are always looking for those we can help, and those who can help us. Or, if you want to help our program so that we can do even more good for families and kids in need, please consider becoming a sponsor, or making a one-time donation. Every little bit counts!