Tyler's Place Sibling Only Party

One of the programs that CATCH has been honored to support over the last few years is Tyler’s Place and their annual spring party. This exclusive invite only celebration is for siblings of patients at AFCH — an afternoon of fun away from the hospital.

If you want to be a Badger … In 2017, Tyler’s Place hosted their 10th Annual Sibling-Only Party along with sponsors: CATCH, The Jake Foundation, Prime Lending, Neckerman Insurance. An exclusive invite was extended to the siblings ages 3 - 12 of current patients at American Family Children’s Hospital. Bucky Badger and UW student athletes also attended the fun celebration to meet these fantastic siblings. In addition, kiddos played games, participated in activities, crafts and munched on yummy snacks for the afternoon — all with other's who had a brother or sister at AFCH.

What is Tyler’s Place and Sibling Services?
Tyler's Place is a unique area in the American Family Children's Hospital where siblings can interact with other brothers and sisters while their sibling is in the hospital. This supervised area in the first floor lobby keeps families close together and supports siblings by providing therapeutic activities, coping strategies, support and socialization with other siblings. When a brother or sister is hospitalized, it can be a confusing and overwhelming experience for a sibling. Through Tyler's Place, negative feelings are diffused, and both parents and siblings are able to maintain and foster healthy family relationships. Parents can then give their full attention to their hospitalized child's care while brothers and sisters participate in structured activities with other children ages 3 - 12.

Tyler's Place: The Beginning
In 2002, Jeff and Kristin Tracy's son Tyler was born with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) deficiency, a rare genetic disorder. Tyler passed away in 2003 at the age of 17 months, and the Tracys decided to channel their grief in a positive direction. Tyler's stay at UW Children's Hospital (now the American Family Children's Hospital) had imposed a dilemma on the Tracy family. They had two other small children - daughter McKayla and son Austin. The Tracys understandably wanted to devote their full attention to Tyler, but they still had to care for their two other little ones. The difficult juggling act of parenting three young children was exacerbated by all of the inconveniences associated with a long hospital stay. After Tyler ultimately died of his disease, the Tracys began work to help families who find themselves in the position they were in.

Fast forward nearly 15 year later, Tyler’s Place is a valuable patient and family support service available at American Family Children’s Hospital. Learn more

Christina Steel