Police And Firefighters Have Siren Parade To Support Child With Stage 4 Cancer

September 25, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Police and Robbinsville Township firefighters were joined by several area departments from three counties in providing Tyler a siren parade. Tyler has a rare stage 4 cancer called Hepatoblastoma. Tyler is fighting the cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy and makes weekly visits to CHOP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Tyler also had the chance to meet Robbinsville Township’s K9 Officer Quori and several super heroes prior to the parade event.

Participating departments:

Robbinsville Township Police, NJ State Police, Hamilton Police, Trenton Police and others.

Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, Princeton Fire Department, Lawrence Township Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Company, Princeton Junction Fire Company, West Windsor Emergency Services, East Windsor Rescue Squad, Monmouth Junction Fire Department, Franklin Fire Company (Mansfield), Kingston Fire Department.

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As some of you may already know, Heather and Jason’s world has been shifted and forever changed by the recent cancer diagnosis for their son Tyler. Doctors  recently found a tumor on Tyler’s liver called Hepatoblastoma.

In early July, Tyler was having fevers and not feeling well. After 3 weeks of him not feeling well, his parents decided to take him to the hospital for additional testing. In the hospital, the doctors ordered an ultrasound for his abdomen. It was there that they learned Tyler had a mass on his liver.

That night Tyler was transferred to CHOP. Tyler quickly had blood work, MRI and CT scans, a PET scan, and a biopsy of his liver. On August 17, 2020 it was confirmed that Tyler’s tumor was Hepatoblastoma. He started chemotherapy soon after his diagnosis.

Fortunately, the scans have shown that the cancer is isolated to Tyler’s liver. Tyler has one very large mass, and several other masses all over his liver, which classifies his cancer as stage IV. Chemotherapy will be the beginning of Tyler’s journey. He will require a future surgery, followed by more chemotherapy. 

Tyler has been a rockstar at every single doctors appointment and chemotherapy treatment. He loves to help the doctors and nurses. When he is home from treatment, he enjoys playing outside with his twin brother Chase, eating Chinese food, and chips. 

Heather and Jason have a long road ahead to ensure that Tyler receives the best treatment. He has a busy schedule between blood work appointments, physical therapy, chemotherapy, and various hospital stays. Heather has already taken a leave of absence from work in order to care for Tyler and support his treatment. 

Tyler is a strong little boy, and Heather and Jay are the best parents he could possibly have, who will fight alongside him. That being said, they can’t do this alone! So many people have asked how they can help, right now –  this is it. The donations will help with covering insurance costs, medical bills, physical therapy copays, prescription costs, meals at the hospital, gas, tolls, and coffee for mom and dad.  Any donation will help take some of the burden that comes along with extensive medical treatment, so they can focus on Tyler and Chase.

Although this type of cancer is rare, it is treatable and curable. Tyler has a wonderful team of doctors at CHOP. Tyler has a long road ahead of him, but his positive attitude keeps everyone going each day.  Tyler is our super hero!!!

Please keep Tyler in your prayers. All the continued support you can offer will be forever appreciated by the Odman Family.

Heather, Jason, Tyler, and Chase