"It was a life-changing moment, to say the least. About the last thing Sue Ferreri of Pardeeville expected to see in the middle of the night a few years ago was her daughter dropping off her severely disabled newborn boy. For good.
Life has not been easy for little Tyler Ferreri, who has seen more struggles in his young life that most people would ever be unlucky enough to encounter.
He was abandoned by a mother who drank during his pregnancy and by parents who left him in his child seat day and night, neglecting him for the first four months of his young life." ("Helping hands for Tyler", DeForest Times - Tribune)
NancyAugust.com first learned about Tyler and his story when his family friend April Murray reached out to us. Here is a bit of what she had to say:
"Tyler Ferreri is a 3 year old boy who lives in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. His parents abandoned him so he is now living with his grandma, Sue Ferreri. Tyler has Chromosome 9 Deletion P22 with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He had hip dysplasia and in August 2009 he had double hip surgery where they had to cut his femur bones in both legs to notch out the bones and bend the bones so they would force the hips back in socket, held with rods and pins. He later had double ankle surgery to release the Achilles tendons in both feet. Later this year he will be having surgery again to turn the muscles in his throat (they run the wrong way) and fix a cleft palate.
He will be having surgery again to turn the muscles in his throat (they run the wrong way) and fix a cleft palate. Tyler has many more surgeries in the future...
Tyler does have medical coverage, but no way to pay for the things he needs to live a "normal" daily life. He cannot do many of the things an average 3 year old boy can. He does not talk, he can’t sit up on his own, and all his food has to be purred for him. Tyler needs special equipment to do these things. Some things he needs are: a special chair with a five-point harness for feeding, a special chair to help him sit up while at school, specialized play equipment since he can’t use the usual equipment children play on, a wheelchair-accessible van, and money to do repairs to his home so it can be more accessible to him (like lowering the sinks, wheelchair-accessible shower, etc) and many more specialized things that cost a lot of money.
Tyler’s grandmother is unable to work because Tyler needs specialized, round-the-clock care. She does get some assistance from the state, but not nearly enough to raise a healthy child, let alone a special needs child. Family and friends are holding benefits to help pay for this special equipment. The benefits will also help Sue to legally adopt him. "
Tyler had his first benefit this past weekend at Poynette Village Hall in Poynette, Wisconsin. Although there was a good turnout, not enough money was raised. His friends and family will continue to throw benefits for him to raise money. "We managed to make enough to pay for about 1/3 of the adoption costs and a chair he needs. So we will definitely keep having benefits so he can get his bed, finish paying for the adoption, get a swing, booster chair and handicap van. Whatever it takes to get Sue and Tyler what they need." (April Murray) We hope you will help join us and spread the word so the little guy will get what he needs. He has many great angels around him and the sky is the limit.
We are please to announce that for two weeks, starting today March 15th through March 29th, 10% of sales proceeds will go to Tyler Ferreri for those who use the promotion code "NAFORTYLER". By using this special promotion code, you will receive 10% off your purchase and help Tyler at the same time!
Start shopping for a great cause today! To find out more about Tyler's story and to receive updates, please visit his facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TylerBenefit :) If you don't have a little one to buy for and would like to contribute to Tyler, please see the info below:
Monetary donations can be sent to:
Tyler Ferreri Benefit
National Exchange Bank
113 Lake Street
Pardeeville, WI 53954
Gifts, medical equipment and other donations can be sent to:
Tyler Ferreri Benefit
c/o April Murray, Organizer
N5309 Hendrickson Road
Rio, WI 53960
You can also email April at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
Click here to start shopping for Tyler!