Ron, Roxanne and Molly Gabbey recently visited Unyts offices in downtown Buffalo to present a financial donation in support of Unyts' programs. The Gabbey family gave $6,000 from the proceeds of the 6th Annual Ty Ty’s Tourney, a golf outing in memory of Tyler J. Gabbey. The number six holds special significance for the Gabbey family, as it was Tyler’s baseball number.
Tyler loved golf, four-wheeling, and hanging out with friends and family. At Akron High School, Tyler played soccer and baseball. He later attended Niagara County Community College.
Tyler became a cornea and tissue donor upon his death at the age of 18 in 2009. Just six months before the car accident that took his life, Tyler told his family that if anything were to happen to him, he wanted to donate his organs.
Thankful for the things I have in life, friends, family, education, learning new things, being with people I love. I will never forget what some people go through in life; I am grateful and hope better things happen in the future. Achieve your goals, do new things, live your life!
Shortly after Tyler’s passing, the Gabbeys received a letter from one of his recipients, thanking them, telling them how honored she was to receive a cornea, and how great it was to be able to read to her grandchildren. Following his gift, the Gabbey family made a vow to continue on a journey with Unyts, to make a difference just like Tyler did.
The 6th Annual Ty Ty’s Tourney took place on July 17, 2015 at Rothland Golf Course, with proceeds going to the Tyler J. Gabbey Scholarship Fund and to support Unyts’ work in saving and enhancing lives through organ, eye, tissue and community blood donation. “We tried to make it the biggest and the best,” Roxanne said.
The golf outing drew 284 golfers and dinner guests. A basket auction with over 200 baskets, a wine pull and a live auction were among the highlights of the day. The event also included a Unyts blood drive.