Do You “Know the Glow?”

Story Provided by Lindsey B.
Photos Provided by Shields & Shields and Lindsey B.

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Tyler B. is an Eye Cancer Hero that urges us to “Know the Glow.”  Tyler and his family have started Tyler’s Troops Walk for Retinoblastoma and will be holding their third annual walk at Cooper River Park Stadium in Pennsauken, NJ on May 11th , 2013 with registration beginning at 9am and the walk beginning at 10am.  All proceeds will be going to the Carlos G. Bianciotto Retinoblastoma Research Fund.

Here is Tyler’s story:

“At Tyler’s 2 month well visit on Valentine’s Day 2011, his mom, Lindsey, mentioned he sometimes looked cross-eyed.  The pediatrician took a closer look and because he did not see a red reflex, referred Tyler immediately to a pediatric ophthalmologist who saw a tumor in his left eye.  The following morning, Tyler was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma at Wills Eye Institute. 

After six months of systemic chemotherapy and a year of laser and cryotherapy, the cancer in Tyler’s right eye had been destroyed.  Sadly, tiny tumors (seeds) in his left eye were too difficult to overcome, and his eye was removed on July 12, 2012 to protect his life. 

Just three months after Tyler’s diagnosis, Lindsey and Tyler’s dad, Bill, organized a fundraising walk.  With 100 participants, they raised over $11,000 for the Eye Tumor Research Foundation (ETRF) at Wills Eye.  In May 2012, they hosted the second Tyler’s Troops Walk for Retinoblastoma, and with just over 200 walkers, they raised over $20,000 benefiting the ETRF, CHOP Oncology, and Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund. 

This year will be the third annual Tyler’s Troops Walk for Retinoblastoma and will be dedicated to Dr. Carlos G. Bianciotto. The walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, at 10:00 at Cooper River Park Stadium in Pennsauken, NJ. Registration begins at 9:00.”

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To get more information on Tyler’s Troops please visit their Facebook Group.

To get information on the 2013 walk visit their Event Page.

Click to learn more about the Carlos G. Bianciotto Retinoblastoma Research Fund.