LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FIND A CREATIVE WAY TO HELP A YOUNG BOY
Leawood, Kansas, 21 March 2014: In 2013, 10 year-old Tyler was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Disorder, or GHD. GHD is a disorder in which the Pituitary gland does not produce enough growth hormone for a person to grow normally. ! ! As of September of 2013 Tyler was 4'2" and weighed and 66 pounds. For a 10 year old sixth grader, this was significantly below the average height of 5'2" and weight of 74 pounds. Chloe Davis, a junior at Blue Valley Southwest and Blue Valley CAPS, and Samuel Nichols, a junior at Rockhurst High School, decided to start a fundraiser to help Tyler's family pay for the medication. In September 2013, Chloe and Sam kicked off the first stage of the fundraiser. Chloe, having her own boutique sugar cookie business, Chlobug's Cookies, provided incentive for donations by offering a dozen cookies for every $50 donation. Giving themselves the name "Cookies For A Cause", they raised over $2,000 within two months. However, prices for medication went up as Tyler started to grow. In February and March of 2014, Chloe and Sam decided to do another Valentine's Day-themed campaign dubbed "Have a Heart for Tyler" to raise the remaining funds needed to pay for Tyler's medications for the year. ! ! Since the fundraiser started in September 2013 "Cookies for A Cause" has raised over $2,700, with all proceeds going directly to pay for Tyler's medications. Since starting treatment, Tyler has grown 2 inches and and 7 pounds, bringing him to 4'4" and 73 pounds. Still under the average, but definite improvement.
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