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I wanted to share this video with all of our Whatever It Takes family. On September 13th we were blessed to be a part of a special night with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On that night they went Gold for Tyler and honored him before the game. Speechless.

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I wanted to share this video with all of our Whatever It Takes family. On September 13th we were blessed to be a part of a special night with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On that night they went Gold for Tyler and honored him before the game. Speechless. To have a major league organization do this for your child is so very humbling. As a family we have spent many nights together at Chase Field. Our boys grew up in that ballpark and we came to know so many people that work for the organization, from the CEO to players to aisle attendants. They all are so kind and supportive. We've had tickets for 8 seasons, and moved our seats around the ballpark a number of times over the years. We've tried sections 319, 326, 308, 114 and 134, and varying rows in each, however it's the last row we sat in with Tyler that I never expected. That's row 40. It's the last row in the lower section, the row that is accessible to wheelchairs. Tears roll down my cheeks as I think about row 40. I didn't like the fact that we had to be in row 40, I never expected to be in row 40. I wanted to be in row 18 where we were supposed to be. Time changes everything. How I wish I was sitting in row 40 with my little man this year. Instead, on Saturday night we were standing on the field without Superman, watching a video about him in front of 30,000+ fans. It was a strange feeling to be on the field watching him on the big screen. I know he would have been so proud that he made it up there, but most of all I know he would be proud of the awareness brought to all kids engaged in unfair battles like his. However, I do think he would have been a little embarrassed. He never liked it to be about him. He never understood what the big deal was, he never understood why people came to see him that he never met. Why people would write him letters thanking him for his example. He never understood the impact he was having. We would read to him the posts made to his Facebook page to try and help him more fully understand, and still he didn't know what the big deal was, he was just doing what he had to do. That's why he was so special, in his mind he wasn't special at all. Just a kid. He was so much more. I am grateful that he now knows the tremendous impact he has had on me and so many others. I am also grateful for the Arizona Diamondbacks, what a classy organization, we are humbled by their kindness. We are especially grateful that they went Gold for Tyler and all kids battling cancer. We hope to build on this each and every year. Cherish every moment. Tyler's Dad Whatever It Takes