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Tyler Clymo

A benefit concert is being planned for Tyler Clymo, an 11-year-old Cedaredge boy who is battling cancer.

Tyler is a fifth grader at Cedaredge Elementary School. Last spring he was diagnosed with ganglioneuroblastoma, a rare tumor that occurs in fewer than five out of every million children each year (MedlinePlus). He and his mother, Ramona, have made many trips to Children's Hospital in Denver for testing and treatments. He is now awaiting an appointment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Philadelphia.

Ramona says it was apparent Tyler was seriously ill when he began throwing up blood. He was airlifted from the Delta County Memorial Hospital emergency room to Children's Hospital and had surgery the next day to remove a tumor from his stomach. "They've been removing tumors as they pop up," Ramona said.

Between surgeries, he's undergone bilateral infusions, a bone marrow biopsy, a spinal tap, CAT scans and MRIs. The next step will be determined by specialists at St. Jude.

Tyler continues to attend classes at Cedaredge Elementary School, though he tires easily. "He loves school," Ramona said. "He does not want to stay home, he does not want to be tutored or homeschooled."

Ramona expressed appreciation to the "fabulous" teachers at CES, who keep a close eye on Tyler, and to her supportive church family at New Hope Evangelical Free Church in Cedaredge.

Tyler is a fun-loving boy who likes to play harmless pranks. He loves fishing, hiking and all kinds of animals, but especially his pet pig Penelope. "That pig follows him around like a little puppy," Ramona said.

The pet was a gift from a friend after Tyler was told he could no longer play sports.

You can help Tyler and Ramona with their travel expenses by attending the benefit concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at New Hope Evangelical Free Church, 17464 Surface Creek Road.

The concert will feature Roses and Thorns, a local ensemble, and Beth Williams.

Roses and Thorns sings a mix of gospel, show tunes and folk music. The ensemble consists of John Shriver, David DeVinny, Dan Hawkins, Al Smith, Nancy Carlson, AnnaMaria Turilli, Bob Wear and Bob Clark, with Sharon Clark as accompanist and director.

Beth Williams is an Academy of Country Music nominee for Best New Female Vocalist of the Year. She is an independent songwriter who sings gospel and message music. She can also yodel! She has recorded seven albums on her own Willow Creek record label, and her songs have charted in Billboard, Cashbox and Americana.

Admission to the concert is by donation. For more information, call Tricia Shriver at 778-2436.

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