OKLAHOMA CITY — Tyler Ryan’s journey has been a long and painful one.
Ten months ago, while helping a stranger change a flat tire, a distracted driver plowed into the young man.
Nine surgeries could not save Tyler’s crushed left leg.
Ryan said, “I’ve surprised myself a lot. At first it was really rough, like, walking on the leg. It was uncomfortable. I didn’t want to do it. I had to start because it was up and down.”
Tyler’s motivation is tattooed on his forearm, “keep moving forward.”
Despite the life-changing injury, it’s his nature to look on the bright side, always helping others.
Tyler told us, “I actually pulled over the other night when a car flipped over. I didn’t know what I’d do but I needed to.”
And now, Tyler needs your help.
He didn’t have insurance at the time of the accident to cover the amputation and physical therapy.
Family friend Alan Myrick is launching an inaugural fundraising golf tournament to help buy Tyler a new prosthetic leg.
He’ll need a replacement every three to five years.
Myrick said, “The medical costs were staggering, more than a million dollars. It was tough for the family. Their faith and friends have brought them through for sure.”
Alan prays Oklahomans step up to help this Good Samaritan recover, physically and financially.
The Tyler Ryan “Keep Moving Forward” Golf Tournament is Friday, Sept. 14 at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
Registation information can be found at Keep-moving-forward.com.