HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Ty Yelton, 11, lives in Hickory. He's a rising sixth grader at Snow Creek Elementary School who loves to fish, hunt, play sports and enjoys learning about the weather.
His dad says he loves Eric Thomas and Al Conklin, so I hope they see this and smile.
"Ty is a sweet, energetic boy who enjoys having fun, just like most kids," says his grandmother, Jeannie Lail.
Ty's life isn't exactly like that of other kids. His dad says he has hemiplegic cerebral palsy, multiple types of seizures, ADHD and anxiety disorder.
Because of that, he has to live life in a strict routine to keep meltdowns to a minimum. He's on multiple pills a day and multiple doctor visits a year.
"We've been told he can live a 'normal' life, but we've found other people's 'acceptance' of him is hard," said his dad, Joe Yelton. "I've tried for years to get people to understand that kids like Ty just wanted to be treated and loved like everyone else."
Treated and loved like everyone else? Isn't that what we all want?
Yes, his father says, Ty is no different than all of us, only younger.
His dad also says the world, and other kids, can be cruel at times, but his son always keeps his head up and inspires his family.
"He lives life with a 'don't give up' attitude," said grandmother Jeannie. "He doesn't quit without first trying really hard."
Keep up that attitude, Ty. You are clearly loved and respected by many.
To everyone else, use Ty's story as a reason to say something nice to someone today. You never know how much it might be appreciated, or even needed.
**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.