Tyler Carson wins Champion Children award

CONCORD – A Franklin  boy  was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions.   Tyler Carson was nominated by Sylvia Pelletier for his spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions.   She wrote in his nomination:

“Tyler Carson experienced mobility limitations for years subsequent to his treatment for cancer. All of that time, he was an active participant

at family events hosted by the Childhood Cancer Lifeline, whether in a wheelchair pushed by his dad or riding a hand-cycle. This year, ambulatory at family camp for the first time, Tyler spent his time actively supporting a new camper, who was in a wheelchair, demonstrating a true spirit of friendship.”

 Each year the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions honors several children and youths.  Most are nominated from school nurses and other professionals that engage regularly with children with serious health care issues.

Tyler Carson nominated by Sylvia Pelletier

I am writing this letter to nominate a young man who I have known for several years via the Childhood Cancer Lifeline.  I first met Tyler Carson shortly after his diagnosis with cancer six years ago.  Like all children facing cancer, Tyler endured the ups and downs of chemotherapy.  However, Tyler has also endured multiple surgeries on his leg as a result of his tumor, resulting in significant mobility limitations over many years. Nevertheless, each year, he has attended our annual family camp, Camp Winning Spirit, with his boisterous personality, engaging smile and positive attitude. At camp he participated in family games from his wheelchair, yelling at his dad to “go faster” as he pushed Tyler around the field. He even participated in the Lifeline’s 5k from a handcycle (and as I recall, beat his dad to the finish line).

This year at Camp Winning Spirit, I witnessed another side of Tyler. This was the first year Tyler attended camp, on his own two feet. And ironically, this year, as we welcomed several new families to camp, among them, was another young man in a wheelchair. Throughout the weekend, Tyler, of his own accord, sought this young man out.  I would look across the main lawn and see Tyler pushing Ian’s wheelchair, the two of them laughing, as they headed to another activity together.  While I have always thoroughly enjoyed Tyler’s spunk, this year I was deeply touched by his maturity and compassion.  He, and he alone, knew the experience of attending camp in a wheelchair. He didn’t revel in his newfound independence and ignore the new camper. He embraced him, and made sure he had a great experience at camp.

In recognition of his support of another youth, I hereby nominate Tyler Carson for consideration for your award. In my book, he is one outstanding adolescent.