Tyrone—also known as Ty Bean or Ty—was one of the first cats I followed on Facebook. By the time I found him in early 2015, he had been rescued, given a cancer diagnosis and just weeks to live, and had beaten the odds.
The story of his rescue and his survival is one you will want to read, and is best told by two of his mommas, Maria and Beth, HERE.
Soon after I started following Ty, he got bad news. He was diagnosed with lymphoma. He received treatments. But then cancer affecting his eye came back with a vengeance and couldn’t be stopped. He made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge in October of last year.
His story is not over. You can follow the story on his Facebook page, Tenderness for Tyrone – A Legacy of Love. Because even though Ty faced many challenges in the two short years he was with Maria and Beth, he also showed them and all of his followers what it was like to live the best life he could.
He inspired his mommas, Maria and Beth and Amy, to start a nonprofit, All Souls Connected, which is a nonprofit committed “to the education and care for animals, earth & sky.”
He also inspired many people, including me, to not let problems and challenges get us so far down that we can’t see any light. He taught us to help others, especially the weak, the hurt, the sick, and the lonely, despite our own worries and struggles. He taught us that there is much to be done to help those with no voice, and we best get to it and do what we can.
|Ty has his own book, a collection of imagined texts between Ty and his mommas. |
This book moves me to tears and makes me laugh, sometimes
while reading the same page. It's available on Amazon.
I wanted to tell you about Ty because his story has helped so many people, including me. And the nonprofit he inspired continues to help animals in need.
His Facebook page follows the journeys of his mommas as they rescue animals and care for them. Three of those animals have been Henry, a badly injured cat rescued from the streets of Philadelphia; Cecil, a FIV-positive cat with a bad eye; and JoJo, a blind kitty who is positive for feline leukemia.
Did I mention that Maria and Beth seem to take the toughest cases? Their hearts are huge and though they have been broken many times, they continue with their work, knowing that Ty’s spirit is watching over them.
Once you learn more about Ty and his journey and the good work All Souls Connected does, I hope you’ll be inspired: to help them with their work; to keep on with the work you already do to help animals in need; and to learn from a cat with a bad eye, a crooked ear, and catitude to spare that the time we have here can be joyous no matter our circumstances.
Note: All Souls Connected can also be found on Facebook HERE.