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In Memory of Tyler Sensenbrenner

$16,722raised of $25,000 goal
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Organizer: Ryan Sensenbrenner Beneficiary: Jeff and Christina Sensenbrenner

Extension of Memorial Fund through Tylers Birthday. To raise additional monies for a permanent memorial for Tyler and help pay for medical expenses - Please read the update section.

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On Thursday, January 31st, Tyler Sensenbrenner passed on while surrounded by his family at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Your comments and prayers have truly been appreciated through this difficult time, and will be held close to our hearts. 

Donations to this webpage will be sent to Tyler's parents who will distribute it between several funds they are setting up in Tyler's memory. 

Your Donations Will Go To: 
- Funeral Costs and Medical Expenses
- Sponsorship of a child(ren) for a school trip to Washington D.C. that Tyler had been truly excited about going on.  
- Memorial for Tyler's Rememberance



Tyler's Story


On Thursday, January 24th, Tyler told his parents that he felt too sick to go to school. Not long after, when his mother went to check on him, he lay quiet in his bed. It was not sleep that had overtaken him. Instead, his eyes were rolled back, and was having difficulty breathing.  It was clear that Tyler was in deep trouble and immediately, she telephoned for an ambulance and he was rushed to the hospital. 

This all occurred within a span of just over 3 hours. 

Tyler was transported to Sycamore Hospital as they tried to stabilize him, his last conscience moments were here as they decided his pain was too great and put him into a drug induced coma.  As his vital signs began to decline, doctors determined that a rampant bacterial infection was traveling through his bloodstream, attacking one internal organ after another. They needed to get him to Children's Medical Center quick and transported hims by ambulance immediately.  While there he was put on life support as the emergency team struggled to stabilize him.  Later that night, realizing that they were running out of options, they decided to have him transported once again to Cincinnati Children's where they specialized in this type of trama.  A doctor and nurse went with him in the hour long ride to Children's.  At Childrens they realized Tyler was in grave danger and surgeons and specialists were called in to try to save his life.  Doctors and a team of surgeons bypassed organs one by one in order to prevent them from damage.

One doctor remarked that without a doubt Tyler was the sickest child in the hospital.  Tyler's condition would place him in the most dire 1%. 

With time, it was determined that the infection was caused by the onset of the flu, which quickly developed to pneumonia and then to Staph infection, which is as aggressive in it's method of attack as the medications required to treat it. 

The infection led to a condition called "Sepsis." As his blood pressure fell to life-threatening lows, it became "Septic Shock." In essence, while the bacteria was ravaging Tyler's body, his own immune system response was so intense as to do additional damage to his organs. His own blood was poisoning him. 

Tyler remained at the hospital, where a legion of doctors, surgeons and nurses are attending to him. He stayed on full life support, as well as on an ECMO machine, without which, he could not live. He remained in a coma. His lungs, heart and kidneys were severally damaged. He underwent open heart surgery twice. Throughout it all, Tyler, only 14-years-old, demonstrated an internal strength and a tremendous desire to hold on to life. 

Sadly, sometime during the night between Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st, Tyler's condition took a turn for the worst. Thursday afternoon, surrounded by family, Tyler passed away. 

Please consider providing a donation of any amount you can to support Tyler's family and memorial efforts. The medical bills are astronomical (into the hundreds of thousands) If that is not possible, your thoughts and prayers can be left as a comment on this website. Thank you for your tremendous support. 



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05/21/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner

The Trip to Washington DC is underway.  The children left this morning.  May all those who are going have a safe, educational and fun trip.  Tyler's Ty Bear is on the trip along with another child in Tyler’s place - this bear was with him in the hospital through the entire event including his departing.  This trip meant the world to him and I know he is with them in spirit and will watch over his friends and classmates for a safe return.  We would like to raise enough money to send more than 1 child next year.  Please Help us to raise the funds to send 2 children to DC next year and to set up something more permanent to remember Tyler as his legacy, we have not decided yet how to honor him but want to do something impactful that best honors his zest for life, love of history and devotion for his classmates and friends.

 Note:  His brother Aaron just signed with Ashland University to play football in the fall of 2013.  Tyler would be very proud of him!!!

 


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04/29/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
Thanks to everyone, we have raised $18,433.00 to date!!  Some donors put money directly into the memorial fund that's why the total does not reflect the total donations. Thank you to everyone!!!   
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04/11/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
A Big Thank You to Everyone!  Through your generosity and spreading the word, we have raised a fantastic amount.  We will continue to accept donations beyond the expiration to see if we can't still raise the entire amount and do something special as a permanent rememberance for Tyler into the extended future.  We will continue to send a student every year to Washington, but would like to do something else also.  The idea of putting in a tree at his school or a park bench in his dedication - we are looking for any ideas.  Please post here if you have an idea.  We would love to be creative.  Thanks everyone for your dedication and support for Tyler.
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03/21/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
Only 10-days Left!!  Still need more to reach our goal.  If any of you can help pass the site address around, we would be greatful.  The DC Trip for one of the Miamisburg students has been paid in full.  This young man we have been told also loves history at much as Tyler did.  He will be attending the DC trip in place of Tyler.  Somehow, I believe Tylers spirit will be with him.   If we hit our total, Tylers family would like to send 2 kids to next years DC Trip.  Help us make that goal by spreading the word.  Thank you for all the support and your wonderful donations.  
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02/28/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner

Tyler's family (Aaron, Christina and Jeff) wishes to again thank everyone for their generosity.  The outpouring of support and love has been truly incredible!  We do check this site daily and are amazed at the kindness we are receiving.  The days are tough, we do miss our Tyler, the void is huge in our lives.  But we know we have all Tylers friends and supporters (you) to help us through this tough transition.  The prayers are being felt and gives us the strenght to move forward each day.  We are soon to make the first donations to the charities listed, his trip to Washington is coming up soon and a Child is being selected that loves history as much as Tyler did.  This child will go in Tylers' place this year.  The monies we collect here will hopefully enable us to send a child each and every year in his place - for Tylers memory as long as we can sustain the funding to do so.  We are getting closer to the goal but do need your help to get the word out any way we can. 

Thank You everyone - We wish we could do more for your generosity, but believe me a big hug is headed to each of you from us and Tyler.

We want to thank Ryan Sensenbrenner for his diligence in putting this site together and his dedication to the cause - Thank You Ryan. 


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02/12/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
February 12th, 2013 - Aaron, Jeff & Christina Sensenbrenner (Tyler's Family)
Aaron, Christina and I wish to thank everyone for their generosity in giving to Tyler’s Memorial Fund. The outpouring of support, compassion and generosity through your contributions and comments has been an inspiration to us during this most difficult time. Monies within this fund will be used to payoff medical and funeral expenses, remaining monies will be used to support the Dayton and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals and setup a yearly fund to send a child in Tyler’s Middle School on the annual 8th grade Washington DC trip, which Tyler was excited to attend. Each year, a student will be chosen based on financial need and interest in American History. We hope to maintain this fund for many years to come in Tyler’s name. Tyler was a beautiful child that saw everyone as a friend. He was always quick to offer words of encouragement or comfort to anyone he saw that needed it; even if it got him in trouble for getting out of his seat in class. We are so thankful for the 14 beautiful years we had Tyler in our lives. Our Tyler brought us much happiness and love to our family and those around us. We will miss him more than words can say, but we know he is in God’s loving arms. We know God has special plans for him and is now an angel watching over us. Tyler, You will always be in our hearts and you have made us so very proud, we love you Pumpkin! Till we see you again!
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02/03/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
Check out this feature story on Tyler from Fox 45 News: http://www.fox45now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wrgt_vid_11194.shtml
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02/01/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
Tyler's story has been picked up by the Dayton media!

Read the stories here: 
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/miamisburg-8th-grader-dies-from-flu/nWC5d/
http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/montgomery/8th-grader-died-from-flu-complications
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01/31/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 31st - By Rick Sensenbrenner
UPDATE: First let me say to all of you again how much your notes, prayers, emails, phone calls...etc., have helped Jeff, Christina, Aaron and all of my family deal with the one of the most difficult time in our lives. With that said with the heaviest of hearts our Dear Tyler passed on to Heaven this afternoon to be with the Heavenly Father and all our loved ones who have passed before us. Tyler we will always love you and I promise we WILL all meet again! Love you - Your family!
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01/31/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner

Tyler's pupils haven't been responding this morning. He's going into a CT scan.


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01/31/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
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01/31/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 30th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
Update: Tyler had a good day. No setbacks although they had an issue with the Dialysis machine this morning that added grey to all our heads. He is moving his eyes more regularly left to right and Jeff saw his eye brows move. Using Jeff’s own words he got his birthday wish today. As for his condition it is the same but having a full day to heal is a good thing no set backs. Let’s hope they continue…..
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 29th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
UPDATE: We had a scare with the ECMO machine shutting down last night but he got through it. He did move his eyes all so slightly left to right twice and had hiccups at one point. Overall a good peaceful day. Finally today is Jeff Sensenbrenner birthday, I want to wish him a Happy & Peaceful Birthday. I always give him a hard time for the one week we are the same age - This year if he wants to claim being the oldest, wisest and still second best looking sibling in the family I'll bite my tongue this one year.
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 29th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
Tyler is stable. The CT scan was a huge relief for all of us and it certainly gave us all the energy and hope we needed to press forward. That was what I called a 5 step forward moment. He did take a step back last night as they had to go back in and open up his Chest. His heart is failing. The good news this procedure did help and long term they can treat it directly and find out how best to help it. The reality he has 3 organs in rough shape heart, kidneys and lungs. Being on 100% life support will allow his body time to heal. This will be a very long journey and we are at many times afraid to post as his condition changes literally hour by hour & day to day. On behalf of my family we are so grateful for all your prayers, well wishes, prayer groups and email notes. We are very blessed to have all of you in our lives and all I can say is Thank you. Please keep Tyler, Jeff, Christina, Aaron in your thoughts and prayers. We'll get through this!!
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 28th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
He's still with us! Brain scan showed no problems.
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 27th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
He moved!!
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
After he turned yesterday they tried a procedure which seemed to help. He has improved. Still on full life support and still a long ways to go but hope. They finally identified the bacteria it's a staff infection called MRSA. If he continues to improve they plan to do a Cat scan tomorrow which we pray is positive. Currently he is too unstable yet to move.
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 26th - By Rick Sensenbrenner

I wish I had better news but unfortunately he has taken a step back. Keep praying!
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 25th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
Update - Tyler is still critical BUT is stable for the first time in 24 hours. He is on full life support and just came out of open heart surgery. He has a long ways to go and Its still hour to hour. Lori and I are here, Mom, Jill and Dad will be here tonight. I do want to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes. I truly believed they have helped and given us hope. I will do my best to keep everyone posted and please keep the prayers coming.
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01/30/2013
by Ryan Sensenbrenner
January 24th - By Rick Sensenbrenner
To all our friends - I am asking for your prayers tonight my brother Jeff's son Tyler. He is fighting for his life tonight. He was just transfered to a 3rd hospital within the last 4 hours in hopes to save his life. He as our family need all the prayers he can get. Jeff - we are all praying for you!
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