Tyler was winning his battle with cancer for nearly 3 years. Due to relapse, it was determined that he would need a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. Unfortunately, a match could not be found and in 2009 at age 14 - Tyler joined the approximately 2,000 children who die from Leukemia annually in the United States.
Before Tyler's journey ended, he made it clear that NO child or parent should have to face the harsh reality he did: that a cure is available, yet due to the small number of people on the National Bone Marrow Registry (Be The Match) a match could not be found and as a result he would not survive.
Witnessing the positive impact their son had made and wishing to honor his legacy, Tyler's parents established teh Tyler Genneken Foundation in 2010.
Be The Match - Bone Marrow Donor Registration
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