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In 2012, 16-year-old Tyler played AAA hockey and dreamed of playing professionally. His goal was put on hold indefinitely after discovering that he had a form of soft tissue cancer, resulting in eight months of chemotherapy and the amputation of his left leg.
Tyler and his family were devastated by his diagnosis and he wanted them to enjoy a special vacation together. “I wished to go to Hawaii because I love to travel and see new places,” he says. “I was able to take my entire family with me and I thought Maui would be the best place for us to go.”
Tyler’s wish trip was filled with exciting new adventures and he learned that even with his prosthetic leg, he can do anything he sets his mind to.
“My favourite part of my wish trip was surfing. I had never surfed before and wasn’t sure whether I could do it with my prosthetic leg, but I did, and I rocked it!”
Today, Tyler continues to prove he can do anything. As part of the Canadian sledge hockey team, he helped bring home a silver medal from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Congratulations to Tyler and his team on this wonderful achievement!
We are thrilled to see Tyler overcome his obstacles and make his dreams a reality. Tyler’s wish was the 900th wish granted by Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario.