Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Treehouse that Peyton Built

Public Doman photo by Ariadne Ariadnerb

With Super Bowl 50 now in the books, here's something we learned about the star quarterback, Peyton Manning from Times Free Press:

His name was Tyler Frenzel. When he was 7 years old he was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent the next two years of his fragile life moving in and out of Indiana hospitals, fighting a brave fight he could not win.

One of those hospital visits led him to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianpolis. He soon became friends with Manning, the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback in those days.

"For two or three months after that, Peyton would invite him to charity events," recalled University of Tennessee associate athletic director for communications Ryan Robinson, who was Manning's personal assistant at that time. "Or he'd have Tyler sit in a suite at Colts games."

Along with former major league baseball player Scott Rolen, Manning soon became fascinated with young Frenzel's goal to build a giant treehouse where children with leukemia could go to, in Tyler's words, "feel normal."

Then Tyler Frenzel died at the age of 9 on Dec. 11, 2004, his treehouse still nothing more than a kid's touching dream.

"Peyton called me the next day," Robinson recalled. "He said, 'We've got to honor Tyler. We've got to raise money to build that treehouse. We've got to do it now.'"

Ten days later, on Dec. 21, 2004, Manning, Rolen and Indy's Bob and Tom Show staged a charity auction that raised more than $150,000 in a couple of hours. More than 11 years later, Tyler's Treehouse stands at Camp Emma Lou, a family camp Rolen runs near Bloomington, Ind., on Lake Monroe. The camp and the treehouse opened the year after Frenzel died.

Click this link to read more about Peyton Manning's philanthropic interests:  The Treehouse that Peyton Built 

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