Meet the 2023 Tree of Hope lighter.
On Wednesday, December 6, 12-year-old Tyler Kruse will light the Roswell Park Tree of Hope as this year’s guest of honor! Tyler was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2022 during a particularly snowy week. Since then, he has faced challenges with courage and hope, more than earning his reputation for being “Tyler Tough.”
The team at Roswell Park was delighted to surprise Tyler with the opportunity to light the Tree of Hope with the help of some of our friends and partners on the Buffalo Sabres.
“There was a photoshoot with some of the Sabres and they took me into a room,” Tyler says. “Owen Power (Sabres defenseman) told me I was going to light the tree! That was really cool! I was very excited.”
Tyler’s journey isn’t over yet, but he’s already working very hard to make a difference for other kids who are navigating similar experiences. Join us December 6 in Kaminski Park to cheer him on and celebrate life at Tree of Hope!