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 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.
Source: Raleigh News & Observer
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