DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A kindergartener from Kewanee was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer less than three weeks ago.
Ty Sanford, five years old, has DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. It’s an aggressive and inoperable tumor on his brain stem.
It started when Ty’s teacher, Bree Summers, noticed something off. She says he was looking out of the side of his eyes and it didn’t seem right. Ty’s mother, Becky Sedlacek says he was also getting headaches.
Doctors at OSF St. Francis Medical Center diagnosed Ty with DIPG in late April, saying he has six to twelve months left to live. Sedlacek is facing the reality that Ty may not live long enough to see the first grade.
“We’re trying to spend this time doing whatever Ty wants to do,” said Summers.
Ty is Sedlacek’s oldest son of three boys. She says finding out about his tumor was devastating. “It’s like your life is ending pretty much. It’s horrible and there is nothing you can do for him.”
Together, Sedlacek, Summers, and Ty’s dad Ryan Silvis are doing everything they can to make his last few months the best.
“Monster Jam, Disneyland, Legoland, the Dells, he wants to go to the beach,” said Sedlacek.
Ty, dressed in his favorite Spiderman costume, has been checking off his bucket list one by one. On Wednesday, Ty went on a helicopter ride in Kewanee, Illinois.
With the help of the community, another two wishes came true on Thursday. The Davenport Fire Department took Ty around town.
They brought him on the fire truck to NorthPark Mall to grant another one of Ty’s bucket list wishes – building a bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Ty made two bears, a Batman bear with a Spiderman costume, and a Captain America bear. He ran around the store full of excitement.
Like his favorite superhero characters, in these last six to twelve months, Ty is taking each day in stride.
On Saturday, 97x radio is fulfilling another one of Ty’s bucket list items. They have set up a meet and greet for Ty with a Monster Jam Driver.
On Memorial Day Monday, Ty will also being throwing the first pitch at the River Bandits game. There will also be a fundraiser at the game for his medical expenses.
The family has also set up a bank account for Ty at People’s National Bank. Donations can be made under “Team Ty”. There is also a GoFundMe account set up: http://www.gofundme.com/TeamTY2015.
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