Ty Lewis was a husband, father of two and mentor to many. He grew up the grandson of fighter pilot, son of a father who also served his country and later national defense. Ty grew up under the shadows of strong disciplined men, but also a compassionate mother and loving sister. He took their love and discipline, added his own strength, competitive spirit, and passion for winning to later instill in a group of young warriors he appropriately named Knights FC. Leading the charge of his football club at every game, in sickness or health, he taught his young students of soccer to never give up and to push ahead. His drive, determination, and leadership took Ty’s beloved Knights to their 2nd Virginia State Championship, all while battling stage 4 colon cancer. Ty helped to create the Ty Lewis Cancer Foundation. He knew firsthand the struggles individuals and families encounter in the fight against cancer. He wanted to help ease the burden and stress of others so they could focus on their treatment.
Tribute to Ty Lewis, his fight, his dedication & his mission. NBC Washington (Hakeem Dermish, 2011)
NBC Washington sent Hakem Dermish, now with ESPN, to report on his determination “to never give up”. Here is the tribute they aired when we lost Ty. His warrior spirit lives on through his Knights, his love through his family, and his mission in all those who support the Ty Lewis Cancer Foundation and those still fighting. Keep fighting!
Our goals at the Ty Lewis Cancer Foundation (TLCF) is to offer support and share resources with individuals and families struggling with early diagnosis and treatment, raise awareness and educate communities on preventative measures such as early screenings, the importance of knowing personal family history, understanding risk factors like diet and exercise, and effects of a cancer diagnosis on mental health. Colorectal cancer affects the lives of more than 140,000 Americans every year, up to 25% of cancer survivors experience symptoms of depression and up to 45% experience anxiety, with education and awareness together can make colorectal cancer a preventative disease, as well as support those in the struggle.
Offering a sense of normality during uncommon times, allowing one to fight with Honor, Strength, and Courage.