August 14, 2014
Roxanne and Ron Gabbey visited Unyts on Thursday, Aug. 14 to present a check for $2,000 in honor of their son Tyler Gabbey, who died in 2009 at the age of 18.
The family held the fifth annual Ty Gabbey Memorial Golf Outing on July 18, with proceeds going to the Tyler J. Gabbey Scholarship Fund and to Unyts’ work saving and enhancing lives. The golf outing drew 139 golfers and an additional 82 dinner guests. The day also included a Unyts blood drive.
Tyler loved golf, four-wheeling, and hanging out with friends and family. At Akron High School, Tyler played soccer and baseball. He was attending Niagara County Community College at the time of his passing.
Tyler had spoken of how he wanted to donate his organs if anything were to ever happen to him. When a car accident took his life, the Gabbey family honored his wishes, and Tyler was a cornea and tissue donor.
Since Ty’s death, the Gabbeys have spread the word about the importance of donation, registered new organ and tissue donors, and helped to support Unyts’ work.
The Gabbey family is already making preparations for next year’s golf outing, the sixth annual event, which holds special significance since Tyler’s baseball number was 6.