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The Tyler Fund
I am asking for your support on behalf of Tyler Schroeder.
An adventurous life decision brought Tyler to South Korea to teach English. After living there for almost two years, he has acquired a celebrity status in his hometown of Yeosu. His imposing frame and blonde hair have always elicited attention, but at 6’2 this former champion football player is a stark contrast to the petite Korean population.
Tyler has always supported his community, whether it is his hometown of Tipton Iowa, Arizona State University or Iona College. He is intelligent, kind, and caring.
Tyler has been embraced by his new and old communities of Tipton, Iowa, Arizona State and Iona College. He is kind, strong, capable, stable, adventurous, athletic, brave, reliable, clever, sensible and incredibly cool. He understands the comedic nuance from Seinfeld and can answer any Jeopardy question thrown his way. He is a loyal friend and a team player.
Chronic back pain brought Tyler to a hospital in Seoul and two weeks ago he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Primitve Neuroectodermal (PNET).
The pain originally accredited to a slipped disc, was a malignant tumor at the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Immediate surgery was necessary to relieve the pain and Tyler’s Parents, Jody and Rusty, immediately flew from Iowa to Seoul.
The Korean health care system is substantially different than what we are used to in the United States. Jody and Rusty arrived at the hospital and were astonished to see men and women milling about everywhere in their hospital attire. Although the Wooridul Spine Hospital is world renown, the main lobby was strangely reminiscent of a crowded bus station.
Tyler received different room rate options at the hospital: the more roommates the cheaper the room. Keeping in line with his usual character, he chose the $10 dollar a day room so he could be with six other patients. This would allow him to stay immersed in Korean culture while making new friends. Luckily one roommate was an English speaking Korean high school teacher and they quickly came to the Shroeder’s aid. The “no frills plan” ended up being the perfect choice!
After undergoing a grueling 11 hour surgery doctors were able to remove 80% of the tumor without risking nerve damage that would impact his mobility. Tyler recovered speedily in the ICU with Jody and Rusty by his side and waited for the results of the pathology report.
Before the report came back, Tyler underwent a second surgery to release the buildup of fluid collecting at the base of his neck. Since then Tyler has been relieved of his headaches and is now able to sit up for longer periods of time and even remove his neck brace for short periods.
The pathology report confirmed that the tumor was malignant and that Tyler has an extremely rare form of cancer. The doctors in Seoul recommended that Tyler return to the United States to continue treatment. We are currently still searching for the best option to transport him home. Upon returning to the US Tyler will be admitted to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment. This world renowned Medical Centre makes miracles on a daily basis.
Tyler has a grueling path ahead of him, but with the support of family and friends we can help him beat this disease, and help to ease the increasing pressures on his family. The Tyler Fund is dedicated to supporting Tyler fight cancer. Please show your support and love through kind words and donations.
What We Need
- The money raised here will be used for Medical expenses, transportation costs, housing for his family while Tyler is undergoing treatment, and other unforeseen costs.
- There is no amount that is “too little”, whether its $5 or $500!
Other Ways You Can Help
- Forward this website and/or Facebook page to everyone you know!
- Email friends and family and ask for their support