Tyson's Brave Battalion

Tyson's Brave Battalion
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” ~Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

UNBELIEVABLE!! St. Baldricks Event at Rocky Mountain Dermatology in Logan, Utah

Cancer has the potential to bring out the worst in people...it also has the potential to bring out the BEST...
WOW!!  I cannot put into words how I feel about this event and the many many people who got together in just a few weeks and organized an event that raised over $11,000 and counting... for cancer kids!!  40 years ago children diagnosed with cancer had a 10% chance of survival...now they have a 78% chance of surviving, which still isn't high enough, but much higher because of people like the great people who organized and contributed to this event.  Kids with cancer don't have a voice without them.  Parents of those bald fighters are financially and emotionally exhausted in their fight to keep their kid alive and we couldn't give these kids a voice without the help of Great charities like St. Baldricks and the AWESOME people who participate in their events. 
So to all of you newly bald men, women, and children who might be mourning the loss of your hair tonight I just want to say a giant heartfelt THANK YOU for shaving your head to help give the young bald warriors a chance to stay alive and grow up.

The event was SO FUN!!  We are so glad we were able to go...Hmmmm someone is missing from the pic above...

Oh! Thats because she was busy at the moment riding a pony!

Who knew you could set up a carnival ride on the lawn of a doctor's office?  So fun!! 

Going for another ride and another and another and another!!  The ride operator was so nice to let us clorox wipe the ride each time!

I know I know, his numbers are way too low to let him ride a pony...but how could I resist?  He got a good clorox wipe down after. : )   The people there were so great...
This lady has a son named Tyson who fought cancer, they gave Tyson a very special Tiger that says "Never give up" when you squeeze his paw.  Thank You!!  I wish I had gotten more information about you so I could send you a note.  He's been hugging his Tiger and pushing the button ever since.  He loves it!!
They treated Tyson like a superhero, gave him a St. Baldricks shirt and a whole bunch of Phineas and Ferb bandaids...he was pretty funny about it, he wouldn't take the shirt from them, but when he saw the bandaids he was very excited!  He isn't used to so much attention!  After a while he started hiding whenever someone new wanted to meet him...and Dr. Rob let him have a break in his office while we watched the video of his cool son Sean shaving his head in Arkansas...we watched his brother John shave live via webcam from Oklahoma! 

AND THE SHAVING BEGINS!!  Tyson watching his second cousin Shelly and her 6 year old son say goodbye to their hair

She looks like a doll doesn't she??  Soooo pretty!  And look at how brave her son is!!

Blowing the little itchy hairs off of her cousin : )

Some more second cousins Jenny and Will
This is mom's cousin Marla and her husband Keith

And mom's cousin Dr. Rob before...

and after!!

...And more cousins and their friends too...Can you believe this??  I am just in awe, I am speechless!!

Look at us losers with hair!!  Tyson and his new battalion of bald friends outnumber us by far!! 

If you would like to see a full list of the shavees with their pictures click HERE
Now I know shaving your head is huge for most anyone, but I have to hand it to these ladies, it is a particularly monumental sacrifice for a girl.  It reminds me of how hard it is for those sweet little girls who wake up with handfuls of hair on their pillows and even though that's the side effect of chemo that doesn't physically hurt, it is so hard for them.  I hope many of them can see this picture and know they aren't alone...and that BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!!   
and for Tyson...Happiness is a fresh supply of Phineas and Ferb bandaids  Thank You!  That was a very thoughtful gift!

And I have to add some shavees...who couldn't come to Logan but shaved for Ty anyway...

Noah, our neighbor : )

Peyton, our neighbor too : )  Thanks guys!!
Missy, who's family members shaved at the event. She's away at college, but shaved her head anyway


  1. Love it!
    My pleasure and it was so good that you guys were able to come out. I hope Tyson stays healthy and his numbers get up.

  2. This blog inspires so many people and help others that has the same case of Tyson. Never give up Tyson, you are the role model for other children and you will gonna surpass this trials in life. Just trust God and with him, nothing is impossible.