Hunter Hayes Gives Cancer Patient a VIP Opry Experience - Stacy McCloud
Updated: Tuesday, October 15 2013, 06:31 PM CDT
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Nashville, Tn - - Tyler Nielson is just like any 8 year old boy. He loves all sports and video games. But this past spring Tyler's very active and very normal life suddenly changed. "He kept having leg pain off and on. He would fall on the playground and it would really bother him and then when he played baseball I noticed he wasn't running as fast" says Tylers parents.
His doctors did some blood work and came back with the one word his family never expected. "I asked my dad if I had cancer and he said maybe and I was praying that i didn't have it. I was scared I might die" says Tyler, who was diagnosed with ALL - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
The treatment is very lengthy and fairly aggressive. "It's about 2 1/2 years of treatment. Right now he goes once a week He has already had 8 or 9 spinal taps, where they are giving him chemo in his spine."
Life has been different, not just for Tyler, but his entire family. "It was really scary finding out. I didn't know what it was and so I didn't know what would happen" says Tyler's big sister Hannah.
Thanks to The Grand Ole Opry, Hunter Hayes and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, for one night, the Nielson family got to trade chemo and hospitals for backstage vip treatment. "It's just fun to hear good exciting news compared to news about doctors and his treatments" says Tyler's other big sister Erin.
The family got a private meet and greet with Hunter Hayes. They also got to experience the Opry like no one else, standing side stage, right next to Hunter for his entire performance. "I write songs so it can mean something and there is a special moment when it does but something even better. It's great when you can do something you love and somehow it helps someone even if it's just lifting spirits" says Hayes.
Tyler still has a couple years of maintenance treatments, but it seems his blood is free of cancer. One step closer to Tyler being able to say... I beat cancer! "Then I am just gonna say I'm awesomer than everybody else" laughs Tyler.
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