Today I walked through the inner city here in Deventer. I crossed my ex-wife. We've been divorced now for eight years and never talked again since then. I was feeling sad and a bit angry when I saw her. I was ill at the time she left me. But I made too many mistakes in my life. It wasn't her fault. Then I thought about life and that losing precious relations, people, time and animals are a sad part of our lives. Then I thought about the brave big little man, named Tyler. And it struck me harder than before. He hasn't had a chance yet to grow,to find the love of his life, to love, make mistakes and maybe lose something down the line. But he deserves that chance very much. I can't do much except trying to support Tyler, his family and friends from over here. I know that when I am sad, seeking support and want some hope I play music. Especially the music of Poco. When I hear Ritchie's or Rusty's voice and those songs I am in a special place where there is love, strenght and hope. Poco helped me throughout my life. I am hoping that Poco's music can be a little helpful to Tylers family and someday to him. Someday that the sun will really shine again for him. That day that he realizes that he won this battle and that he has a full life in front of him.
I can feel the tension in my stomach when I think about those scans. I can't imagine what it must be like for Tyler and the ones who love him. I am happy to read that Tyler is doing nice things, like baseball. I strongly believe that having fun, being a little happy, having other things to think about and wanting to have a future can help. Of course the therapy is the most important part. But living a little can help. Over here and throughout Pocoland Tyler will be in our prayers and thoughts. My dear wife, Marjolein, doesn't come here, but when I told her about Tyler she was very sad. I know she is thinking about him and hoping for the best. We don't have children and probably never will. But when I see the children of friends and family I always want the best for them. You want to protect them but at the same time giving them as much freedom as possible to explore the world and take a chance. I want that for Tyler and his family too. I never met him, but I just know that he is special to a lot of people. He deserves a break. Here is praying, hoping and thinking for the best.