Fortville Elementary student Tyler Ralstin lives the motto of giving back to others. As a child who battled a very difficult journey of conquering Leukemia and also a recipient of a Make-a-Wish, Tyler has taken the initiative to raise funds to be able to fund another child’s Make-a-Wish.
Tying the fundraising campaign into Tyler’s eleventh birthday on March 11, his golden birthday will have extra meaning. Tyler set out to raise $1,111 by his birthday for another child’s Make-a-Wish, and within a week he has raised over $2,800 through his http://site.wish.org/goto/FightLikeTy fundraising webpage. His fundraising goal has been increased as his platform continues to influence others’ generosity.
Tyler shared with his family, “I’m not going to get a Make-a-Wish without giving something back.” Tyler’s family recently went to Oahu, Hawaii for his Make-a-Wish experience, which fueled his fundraising goal.
The Mt. Vernon High School Basketball Game on Friday, February 21 will feature Tyler talking to the crowd about his fundraising goal, followed by a collection for Make-a-Wish.
Tyler was the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Boy of the Year, and has been selected as the “Honored Hero for Student of the Year.”
The saying “eleven, eleven, make a wish” will hold special meaning for Tyler as he turns eleven on March 11. Tyler’s wish for the Make-a-Wish organization has already come true!