Thanks to the generosity of a Suffolk County woman who follows their story religiously, Cindy and Lou Campbell had the joy of seeing their son's name fly overhead Tuesday.
Mary Pallotta, creator of The Guardian Brain Foundation—a non-profit dedicated to the brother and father she lost to brain diseases—arranged for a small plane to fly over Pawling at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. A large banner, which read "We Love Super Ty Louis Campbell," glided behind it.
Check out the video above to see the banner.
The little boy died last week, at the age of 5, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
The air sign was one of many events intended to express how much Ty meant to folks from all over the area, and to increase awareness of pediatric cancer.
"The sky has been filled with messages from Ty as well," Cindy wrote in her blog Tuesday morning, referencing two photos she received that show clouds forming what she and others believe are symbolic messages.
"The greatest message in the sky will be taking place tomorrow," she continued. "Ty's 'Aunt Mary' from the Guardian Brain Foundation has arranged for an airsign in the sky over Pawling at 2PM. This will be such an incredible gift. The plane will be flying right over our house tomorrow and all over town in his honor. Mary, you have never stopped giving our family beautiful memories. Thank you. I can't wait to share pictures!"
Here is more—including his August 2010 diagnosis, his Make a Wish Foundation trip to Disney World, the absence of the disease after doctors said he had months to live and the cancer's return—on Ty's battle:
- 'Little Fighter' Marks 2 Years Since Diagnosis
- Thousands to Pray for 'Little Fighter' on His 5th Birthday
- Ty Louis Campbell Loses Battle to Cancer at 5