CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - July 4th. Slow newsroom. Gives me time to relay this quick update on Ty Yelton. We first met Ty as one of our new amazing #MollysKids last week. Since then, this Hickory 11 year old has had some good things happen.
Ed Bradford, who runs Charlotte's Victory Lane Indoor Karting, reached out after reading about Ty's battles. He wanted to donate a day of fun. Ty and his dad took Ed up on the offer this week, in time for July 4th.
A retired teacher, Margaret Hayes, who has sewn 100+ book pillows for #MollysKids created a handmade pillow for Ty. Ty slept with it the first night. Margaret is remarkable. Read more on her here >> https://bit.ly/2KxzWws.
"I know you tell the good, the bad and the always real with these kids, but sometimes it's sad to read the articles, but the responses I get from the kids after sending these pillows, and having that connection, makes it worth it," Margaret said.
Also, in Ty's first post, we communicated with his father, Joe. Ty's mom, Christy, reached out separately. She wanted to add some words about her one-of-a-kind son.
"He's the joy of my life," Christy said. "There's never a dull moment. He always keeps me on my toes, loves everyone he meets and knows no stranger. He loves to swim (which is great therapy!), ride his scooter and listen to music. He also loves to drink Cheerwine, but doesn't get to have it often due to his kidney stone. Or, as he calls it, a 'kidney bone'. I count each day with him as a true blessing."
Thank you Ed and Margaret, and Christy, great to hear from you.
Kindness. Pass it on.
**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.**