One cannot begin to imagine what a bereaved family goes through who have lost such a beautiful soul and in our determination to honour the life and legacy of this brave soldier, the Tyler Sassman Foundation was established. Again I quote Tyler’s mom: “For cancer did not win this battle, in fact, the victory has just begun…”
The purpose of the foundation is to fill a void in the support and literature available to children with cancer, their families and their caregivers.
In terms of the work of the Foundation, we will be partnering with the CANCA TLC programme to identify needs in target market where we can assist in terms of donations and support. We will also be partnering with oncology wards at government hospitals to donate and support wherever and whatever we are able to.
After his first two operations, Tyler made a remarkable recovery, and the doctors could hardly believe how well he was doing. But then Tyler relapsed, and during one of his relapses in hospital he suffered a seizure.
Not only was Tyler’s illness a huge challenge to him personally, but also to his family. It was during Tyler’s treatment that his family realised there was a pressing need for support, assistance and informative literature for young cancer sufferers and their families, and decided to fill the void by launching the Tyler Sassman Foundation.
To those close to him, Tyler was a true soldier and fought his battle with tremendous courage. Distraught at his illness and that he had to go through this heartache, he knew he was loved and he loved and appreciated having the support of his family and close cousins and uncles during the hardest fight of his life.
On January 31 this year, at the age of sixteen, Tyler was called home following his battle with cancer.