An 11-year-old Teaches: Leukemia Can NOT Cage a Dream (White-Cheeked Turaco (Africa), snapped @ The National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA)

An 11-year-old Teaches: Leukemia Can NOT Cage a Dream

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♦️ Pub: Jun 17, 2019 | Updated: Jun 17, 2019 @ | Reading: < 1 min. | Words: 226 ♦️

Years of chemotherapy since age 4 killed his hair, fueling bullies. But lil Tyler channeled his grief into a passion, learning to play the violin. His prowess proved so profound, national tv beckoned.

The violin can evoke great sadness, but in the hands of 11-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa it turns sorrow into joy.

The young Raleigh musician took up the violin after seeing a flier at school offering free music lessons through the nonprofit program Kidznotes. It was a diversion he badly needed. At age 4, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and also endured the pain inflicted by some schoolmates who made fun of how he had lost his hair during three years of chemotherapy.


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Tyler’s full audition performance



An 11-year-old Teaches: Leukemia Can NOT Cage a Dream (White-Cheeked Turaco (Africa), snapped @ The National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA)
An 11-year-old Teaches: Leukemia Can NOT Cage a Dream (White-Cheeked Turaco (Africa), snapped @ The National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA)

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