As I’m sure you can appreciate, a parent’s greatest wish is for their child to realize their potential. Paul and Sara want this desperately for their 15-year-old son Tyvon.

When Sara was just 18-weeks pregnant, they learned Tyvon’s arm wasn’t fully developed. They were told it was due to amniotic banding, which is when fibre-like bands tangle around the developing fetus. The bands restrict blood flow and if they tangle very tightly, the limb can be amputated.

Knowing this in advance of his birth might have taken away the shock for Paul and Sara, but it didn’t minimize the emotions they felt.

When Tyvon was born, Paul recalls thinking “what are we going to do? How will we get through this?”
Thanks to thoughtful investment in the Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Tyvon has received the very best care for over a decade. Over the years, the Centre has become a place of great comfort to their family. Donor generosity has helped build this nurturing environment. Will you consider supporting the Centre’s efforts today?

“We want people to know how much the Centre has helped Tyvon, his goals and dreams becoming a reality. Donor support has made a huge difference in his life.”

These loving parents choke up when they reflect on their teenage son’s tenacity. Their pride in his “never quit” attitude is so evident.

Tyvon and parents

He has never said “I can’t” or given up on anything he’s tried. He is really amazing.

And if you were to meet Tyvon, you would quickly realize how special he is and how many interests he has. Basketball, kayaking and hockey are his passions. His ability to play each sport made possible because of his positivity and the Centre’s talented team being by his side. A team which is a leader in its field because you and other generous donors have supported them.

Since he was just four-years-old, these dedicated rehabilitation experts have worked with Tyvon. They have developed prosthetic attachments so he can play all the sports he loves. And they have and continue to provide training and support so Tyvon can accomplish whatever he sets out to achieve.

“I feel like the Centre staff will always find a way to help me do what I want to do.”
For Tyvon, a grade 10 student at Maples Collegiate, that’s a pretty special feeling. Watching him interact with his therapists is inspiring.

Talking to Tyvon and his parents, it’s clear donor kindness has brought them so much joy. Generous individuals have provided him with the opportunity to chase his dreams and your support now will help ensure he can keep doing so.

Tyvon playing basketball

“I don’t think I have any limits. I’m so thankful because people’s help has allowed me to do things I probably couldn’t have done.”

These days Tyvon is using his myoelectric hand for his high-school woodworking class. And his recreational device enables him to shoot hoops and rip pucks. Spending time with Tyvon has been a blessing, a true reminder of the power of the human spirit.

In the coming years, Tyvon is going to have so many more hopes and dreams to be fulfilled. At this special time of the year, please know your generosity will make a tremendous difference.