Six-year-old Ty was born with a condition called Treacher Collins Syndrome. His illness causes a deformity of the facial bones and tissues, which obstructs his airways. Ty was born without any ears and is 97 percent deaf without the aid of a hearing device. In his short life, Ty has had 27 surgeries. He was unable to breathe when he was born, due to the extremely small size of his nasal passages, and he had his first surgery – a tracheotomy – at just 4-days-old. He was trached for the first few years of his life, but is now able to breathe on his own.
For his wish, Ty and his family visited Universal Studios, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom. Out of everything he got a chance to experience, Ty’s favorite thing was the Star Wars “Star Tours” ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.