Updated Thursday, October 12th.
It is with great sadness that we share that Tyler Herron passed away on October 9th following a long battle with testicular cancer.
For any of those who wish to celebrate Tyler's life below are the arrangements:
Tyler Herron, age 17, is a Senior from John Glenn High School who attends the vocational school. He is a boy who loves to fish, hunt, working on the family farm, and on trucks. Tyler also enjoys being around his friends, family, and playing with his dog, Duke.
Last year, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and knocked cancer off its feet. He fought long and hard through his battle, and he never gave up. He started his journey in the fall last year with starting chemo, and in February, Tyler went into surgery and had a testicle removed. Still continuing his chemo, in June he had surgical abdominal and pelvic exploration with no additional tumors being found. In February of this year, he finished with his chemotherapy. But just a month later, he had a benign residual mass surgically removed from the left side of his chest and in June he had his chemotherapy port removed. While he seemed to be doing well, this started to change. In mid-August of this year, he developed a cough but his x-rays and blood tests showed there was no evidence of cancer recurring. But on August 15th, Tyler was admitted to the ICU at the Arthur James Cancer Center for a sudden onset shortness of breath. This lead to them discovering a large tumor that is compressing the outflow from his heart, and he is now battling stage 4 cancer. They have not been able to resect his tumor, so he remains to be on a ventilator while they continue aggressive radiation and chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumor.
Through all of this, Tyler still remains strong and pushing through all of this. With this new battle that he is fighting, he is most definitely not alone. His family and friends have all come together to help him through this long journey.
To help raise awareness about Tylers battle and to raise money for him, t-shirts, sweat shirts, bracelets, and car stickers have been sold to many people in the community. Here at John Glenn, almost every student wears a “team Tyler” bracelet everyday. In the art show cause, there are papers with colored pictures on them shaped in the form “Tyler”. The spirit club holds a pumpkin decorating contest every year within all the pride’s and the pumpkins are sold for a donation at the football game and this year all the money will be donated to Tyler’s family. The JG student section and many others like, Zanesville and Tri-Valley High school have been wearing purple along with their theme to show their support. The John Glenn football team walked out of the football locker room holding a team tyler tshirt. There has also been a PO box setup for anyone to send cards to him and will be open for the next 6 months.
To follow along on Tyler’s journey, there is a facebook page called “Team Tyler” on facebook. Tylers friends and family are incredibly blessed by the amount of support the community has shown for them and ask for everyone to continue their prayers for him. His family has said, “We can’t begin to express our gratitude to everyone. We are blessed.” Everyone has your back Tyler, keep fighting. We are #teamtyler.