Small Town Comes Together, Supports Teen with Cancer

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An Amador County family is hit with a devastating diagnosis not once but twice.

Nineteen-year-old Tylor Byrd was diagnosed with testicular cancer in June 2014, just days after high school graduation and weeks before starting Army training.

"To this day, I still ask, why?" Byrd said.

Surgery put him in remission. He spent that time fighting fires with the Cal Pines Fire Department and as a volunteer firefighter with the Ione Fire Department.

Unfortunately, 14-months later, he got some more bad news.

"They found spots in my lungs and an enlarged lymph node in my neck," he said.

Tylor will have lung surgery in February. Doctors will try to remover the cancer that way, according to his family.

Through the ups and downs, the former high school football player has stayed strong and positive.

His dad Ronald said, "I'm amazed how my son has taken the whole thing. He's in good spirits."

The small town of Ione came together for this family. From the Ione Fire Department to complete strangers, Byrd's fight is their fight.

"They always have meals for the family, things around the house are taken care of, any of the family's needs are all met," said Ione Fire Chief Ken Mackey.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Tylor and his family to help them pay for his treatment costs.


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