Tyler Frenzel was not your ordinary nine year old boy. Tyler was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He spent the last two years of his life teaching others about courage, faith, love, generosity and the ability to live life to the fullest. He wanted to help children, like himself, who had been struck with illnesses beyond their control. He wanted to help create a place for these kids and their families to go where they can love and laugh together. His approach to fighting Leukemia resulted in improved lives of those who knew him and many who never met him. Tyler’s motto was “Fight Hard, Never Give Up”.
Tyler had a simple dream. A treehouse. Build a treehouse where kids can play and feel “normal” all the time. Tyler donated the first $1,000 of his own savings to start making his tree house dream come true. On December 21, 2004 Scott’s Enis Furley Foundation teamed up with Peyton Manning’s Peyback Foundation and the Bob and Tom Show to hold a charity auction to raise funds for our beloved hero’s dream. The auction raised over $150,000 towards his treehouse.
In Tyler’s honor, we have built a gigantic treehouse with an awesome playground inside of Camp Emma Lou. We have named it “Tyler’s Treehouse” so every child that plays on it knows who gave it to them. Tyler was 9 years old when leukemia robbed him of his life. His disease may have won the battle, but his spirit will win the war.