In Memory of Tyler Sensenbrenner

For: Jeff and Christina Sensenbrenner
Organizer: Ryan Sensenbrenner
In Memory of Tyler Sensenbrenner (Jeff and Christina Sensenbrenner)
of $25,000 goal
66% Complete
Raised by 160 donors
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The Story

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. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 21, 2013

Posted on May 21, 2013

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!!!

Posted on April 29, 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013

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!!!   

Posted on April 11, 2013

Posted on April 11, 2013

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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