January 29, 2020
At 15, Tyler Amundson of West Fargo has faced more challenges than some people do in a lifetime.
Born with Sotos syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects growth and development, he has relied on Sanford Children’s for treatment his entire life.
In addition to four major surgeries, Tyler has spent countless hours in doctor appointments and weekly physical, speech and occupational therapy sessions, making Sanford Children’s like a second home. It’s a place where he feels comfortable and special.
“He loves to socialize with the hospital staff and specialists and considers them his friends,” said his mom, Maria Peralta.
Powering through challenges
As the challenges of his condition surfaced over the years, Maria said it was painful watching her son fall behind other kids his age.
“It’s hard watching your child struggle with simple things like reading or writing, and wondering about a future that is so uncertain,” Maria said.
Though it’s not the life she expected for her son, she’s inspired by the way he has faced his challenges and proud of how hard he works to reach new goals.
“Tyler’s entire life has revolved around his condition,” Maria said. “He’s never questioned it and always keeps a positive attitude.”
Tyler credits a special kind of inner strength.
“Every kid who has a medical condition like me also has great superpowers inside of them,” he said.
Every year, Tyler continues to grow stronger, more confident and better able to communicate. This life-changing progress wouldn’t be possible without his hard work and generous donors to Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo. Their support helps ensure Tyler has access to the care he needs, close to home.
2020 Cares for Kids Radiothon presented by Corwin Automotive Group
Tyler’s story is one of many that will be shared during the 20th annual Cares for Kids Radiothon presented by Corwin Automotive Group.
Tune in Jan. 30 and 31, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Y94 (93.7 FM), Froggy 99.9 (FM) or KFGO (790 AM and 94.1 FM) to hear more about Tyler and other inspiring kids.
Be part of Tyler’s story by making a gift during the radiothon. As always, 100 percent of your gift will stay local to care for children who count on Sanford Children’s for health and healing.
Call (701) 478-KIDS (5437) or visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/caresforkids to make your gift.