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For those of us who know Tyson, it comes as no surprise to hear that shortly after arriving at his work picnic on August 4, he headed straight for the pond. In typical Tyson exuberance, he went quickly, head-first, down a slide into the pond, unaware of its shallow depth. Hitting his head, Tyson’s 7th spinal vertebra was shattered and the 5th and 6th vertebrae were fractured. After emergency surgery the doctors believe that Tyson may regain control over his arms. But the prognosis for his lower body is less encouraging. The muscles below Tyson’s chest are expected to remain paralyzed. Tyson is preparing to start physical therapy in Philadelphia in the next few weeks, and with the hard work and determination that he puts into every aspect of his life, we are certain that he can defy all odds.
Any description of Tyson has to start by mentioning his free-spirited, fun-loving, and constantly optimistic outlook on life. Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, Tyson graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2001. In addition to swimming throughout his youth, Tyson was a star on the Township Cross Country Team and went on to run at Susquehanna University where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. He spent the six months following graduation hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with his dog, Maggie. After his long trek on the AT, Tyson worked several jobs in Maryland before returning to his hometown to be a manager of the CSA for Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.
Tyson loves listening to (and sometimes playing) music. He is an avid fan of the band Phish, going to several concerts a year. Whether it’s cheering for the New York Giants, routing on the Penn State Nittany Lions, running, gardening, or spending time with his family and friends, Tyson has always approached life with great enthusiasm.
It was while he was living in Maryland that Tyson rekindled an old friendship that sparked a lifelong journey with his wife, Lacey. The photo above was taken at their wedding reception just two months ago. Their son, Hudson, was born in October 2011. They face many financial challenges ahead, including paying for any uninsured medical expenses, creating an accessible home, buying an accessible vehicle, and providing ongoing care throughout Tyson’s recovery. This money can also be used for any of the family's food, moving, or other expenses.
In addition to Lacey and Hudson, Tyson’s parents Ken and Helen, his siblings Kiersten, Brandon, and Gavin, and his entire family appreciate your support, thoughts, and prayers.